Linda Koch Lorimer

Linda Koch Lorimer

Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence Award

Linda Koch Lorimer is the retired Vice President for Global and Strategic Initiatives at Yale University. Ms. Lorimer has also served as a member of the Yale Corporation, the university’s governing board. She was one of six Officers of the University reporting to the President and was asked to lead a number of new ventures at the University, including the launch of the Office of New Haven Affairs, the Tercentennial Initiative, the Office of International Affairs and, earlier this year, the new Office of Digital Content. Her administrative areas of responsibility embraced Yale’s external relations (public affairs, alumni affairs, marketing and licensing, and internationalization) and an array of institutional functions ranging from corporate governance to safety and security. From 1978 to 1986, she held a series of administrative appointments at Yale including serving as the youngest Associate Provost in the University’s history.

Ms. Lorimer serves as the Lead Director of the McGraw-Hill Companies and a director of the Sprint/Nextel Corporation.

From 1986 to 1993, Ms. Lorimer was President of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. She was President of the Board of the American Association of Colleges and Universities, which represents over six hundred universities and colleges. Ms. Lorimer has served as the Vice Chair of the Board of the Center for Creative Leadership and as a director for more than twenty regional or national non-profit organizations. She has been awarded four honorary degrees for her efforts to advance women and women’s education.

A graduate of the Yale Law School, she practiced law in New York City at Davis Polk & Wardwell, before returning to Yale. She is also a graduate of Hollins College, where she currently serves as a trustee.