Vice President for Global and Strategic Initiatives
Linda Koch Lorimer, B.A., J.D.
Linda Koch Lorimer is the Officer who developed and oversees Yale’s Office of International Affairs, which supports all of the Schools and faculties in pursuing strategic partnerships abroad, and is the liaison to Yale’s Office of International Students and Scholars. She is also responsible for a broad array of administrative services including Yale’s public affairs and communications efforts, the Broadcast Center, the Office of Digital Dissemination, the Yale Press as well as alumni relations.
During her career, Ms. Lorimer has been asked to develop and lead a number of strategic institutional initiatives. For five years she was responsible for Yale’s efforts to contribute to the revitalization of the city of New Haven. In recent years, she helped to develop an ambitious strategy and numerous programs for internationalizing Yale. She currently is the administrative leader guiding the dissemination of the University’s intellectual treasury much more extensively in this country and around the world. She assumed oversight of Yale’s sustainability initiative during 2009-13, when Yale advanced its efforts to be a model of best practice for universities worldwide.
Ms. Lorimer served as Secretary of the Yale Corporation from 1993-2012, where she was responsible for a range of institutional governance matters. She became Secretary & Vice President in 1995 and was appointed Vice President for Global and Strategic Initiatives in 2013.
A graduate of Norfolk Academy, Hollins University, and Yale Law School, Ms. Lorimer practiced law in New York City at Davis Polk & Wardwell and then held a series of administrative positions at Yale between 1978 and 1986, including service as the youngest Associate Provost in the University’s history. 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 and served as a Yale trustee from 1990 to 1993 when she returned to Yale.
Ms. Lorimer has been a leader of numerous nonprofit and corporate enterprises. She was Chair of the Board of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Vice Chair of the Board of the Center for Creative Leadership, Chair of the Board of the Women’s College Coalition, Vice Chair of the National Association of Methodist Colleges and Universities, and a member of the boards of a dozen regional community or arts organizations. She has given board service to all of her alma maters as well as four public corporations. She currently serves on the Board of the McGraw Hill Financial, having served as the Lead Director for five years. She was elected as a Director of Pearson PLC in 2013.
Ms. Lorimer 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.