The WISE Awards


Ms Linda Koch Lorimer

Position: Vice-President of Global & Strategic Initiatives
Country: United States of America
Since 1993, Linda Koch Lorimer has served as the senior counselor to the President and the leader of major strategic initiatives for Yale University. She was responsible for Yale’s efforts to help revitalize the city of New Haven and has developed an ambitious strategy and numerous programs for internationalizing Yale. She is currently guiding Yale’s use of digital technology to disseminate the University’s intellectual treasury much more extensively in the United States and around the world. She assumed oversight of Yale’s sustainability initiative in 2009, to underscore Yale’s aspirations to be a model of best practice for universities worldwide.

A graduate of Norfolk Academy, Hollins University, and Yale Law School, Ms. Lorimer practiced law in New York City and then held a series of administrative positions at Yale between 1978 and 1986. From 1986 to 1993 Ms. Lorimer served as President of Randolph–Macon Woman’s College in her home state of Virginia. During this period, she was elected as a Fellow of the Yale Corporation.

Ms. Lorimer has been a leader of numerous nonprofit and corporate enterprises. She was awarded the Order of Merit by the Government of Argentina for advancing international education (2003), the Sandra Day O’Connor Award by the American Bar Association for board excellence (2008), and the Yale Medal for conspicuous service to Yale (2008). She has received four honorary degrees for her efforts to advance women.