Lorna Stern Laniak
Associate Vice President
Director of Strategic Development
For twenty years, Lorna has worked at Arcadia University, in various positions of increasing responsibility. At different phases of her tenure at the College of Global Studies at Arcadia, she has served as Deputy Director, Special Advisor, Director of Student Services and Director of Marketing and Communications, Director of Institutional Relations, Director of Strategic Development and Associate Vice President. She works with institutional partners both in the United States and around the world and serves on the China Advisory Council for the Alliance for Global Education.
Lorna travels widely, visiting Arcadia’s overseas programs, as well as universities and colleges in the United States. She works closely with the center’s senior management team, contributing to program development, strategic planning, enrollment management, program review. She also focuses on developing long-term working relationships with home institutions in the United States, endeavoring to appropriately match Arcadia’s programs with US institutions goals for internationalization. Currently, she has developed and is implementing the custom program area for The College which focuses on unique programming to serve institutional partner educational goals across the United States.
Lorna earned her BA in international relations with an emphasis on African affairs at Wells College. She was a Rotary Scholar and studied at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, where she concentrated on comparative African government and law. She directed Cornell University’s International Living Center, a residential housing complex for international students, where she developed programs and events that brought undergraduate and graduate international and home-campus communities together. Her Master’s in Law and Diplomacy, with a focus on international law and the Middle East, is from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Lorna also serves on the board of Overseas Council and as an Advisor to Language Corps, an overseas training program for ESL teachers. She is a member of NAFSA: The Association of International Educators and the Forum on Education Abroad. She regularly presents at a variety of international forums and conferences contributing her knowledge and skills to the field of international education.