Lorna Edmundson, President Emerita, Wilson College

Lorna Duphiey Edmundson, Ed.D., President Emerita of Wilson College, is recognized as an effective leader, fundraiser, and facilitator of sustainable growth and change in higher education. Dr. Edmundson helps educational institutions build on their distinctions; strengthen finances and planning; create ethnic, racial and gender equity; encourage women and students of color to pursue the sciences; diversify and internationalize campuses; and forge international partnerships. She served as President of Wilson College from 2001-2011 and has held leadership roles at Columbia University, the American University of Paris, Marymount College, Trinity College, and Colby Sawyer College. Dr. Edmundson was honored with the Athena International Leadership Award, an Honorary Degree from Rhode Island College, and an Honorary, Lifetime Membership in Rotary International. She is featured among Asian and U.S. leaders in Women at the Top, by Cheung and Halpern. She earned degrees from Columbia University, Boston College, and Rhode Island College, and studied at Columbia’s Business School and the University of Paris. She was a Fulbright Research Scholar to Japan and a Visiting Scholar in Higher Education at Columbia Teachers College. She is currently affiliated with two consulting groups: Performa Higher Education as a Senior Affiliate Consultant, and with Ann Duffield and Colleagues as an Academic Leadership Counsel. She also works with the International Women’s Forum, the United Nations, and several other professional organizations, assisting university presidents in the U.S. and internationally to meet their strategic objectives, while identifying and mentoring the next generation of potential educational leaders.