National Geographic Society CEO to deliver keynote address for University of Redlands 2022 launch event


Newswise – Dr. Jill Tiefenthaler, Chief Executive of the National Geographic Society, will join more than 600 University of Redlands College of Arts and Sciences graduates on April 23 and deliver the keynote address at the university’s 2022 ceremony .

Dr. Tiefenthaler, the Society’s first female CEO, oversees the mission-driven work and programmatic agenda of the organization. The organization funds a global community of National Geographic explorers: scientists, conservationists, storytellers, educators and technologists. She also serves on the Board of the National Geographic Society and the Board of National Geographic Partners. In her first year in office, she led the development of the Society’s bold new strategic plan, NG Next, which charts a dynamic vision for the future of the organization.

“There is no doubt that Dr. Tiefenthaler’s global perspective and dynamic vision as an agent of change will inspire our Bulldogs graduates to dream big, blaze new trails, lead with confidence and build communities,” said said University of Redlands President Krista Newkirk.

Prior to joining the Society, Dr. Tiefenthaler spent nine years as president of Colorado College. During that time, she helped give the school a new direction, executed the most ambitious fundraising campaign in college history, and developed and implemented a comprehensive strategic plan that expanded and cultivated a community. engaged and globally connected scholar. She developed a campus master plan, executed an alliance to bring the world-class Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center into the college, and led the college’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality. She also led to a significant increase in diversity among faculty and students and led the campus community in an external review of racism in the college that resulted in an anti-racism implementation plan.

Prior to leading Colorado College, Dr. Tiefenthaler was Dean of Wake Forest University, where she redesigned the admissions process to include an optional SAT policy, integrated the undergraduate and graduate business schools of the university, established the Institute for Public Engagement and the Institute for Humanities, and implemented “Living Our Values,” a plan to enhance residential life and campus vibrancy.

Originally from Iowa, Dr. Tiefenthaler grew up on a farm and worked for the family popcorn business before attending Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. She earned her Masters and Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University.

The University of Redlands will be celebrating Launch Weekend 2022, April 22-23, 2022. For more details visit


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