Alumna Susan Sorlien ’73 named to Luther board of regents

July 19, 2010

Luther College President Richard Torgerson has announced the appointment of Susan K. Sorlien of Bonita Springs, Fla., to the Luther Board of Regents. Sorlien, a retired executive of Sears, Roebuck and Co., will join the college's governing board at its October meeting.

"We are excited to have Sue join the Board of Regents," said President Torgerson. "Her strong background in corporate management, communication and financial analysis will provide wonderful expertise as we seek ways to address costs in the very competitive environment in which we operate."

A native of Decorah, Iowa, Sorlien holds the bachelor of arts degree in business and history from Luther College. She earned an information technology certificate from DePaul University, the total quality management certificate from Northwestern University, executive strategic management certifications from the College of William and Mary and Harvard University, and the executive financial analysis degree from Babson College in Babson Park, Mass.

Sorlien interviewed with Sears on the Luther campus in 1973, started with them after graduation, and worked for the retail company her entire career. When she retired in 2004 she was president of the Dealer Store Division, a chain of more than 800 independently owned Sears stores in smaller communities.

Sorlien received numerous company awards while working with Sears, including the chairman's personal top award for strategic leadership, ethical leadership and performance.

She has served on a number of community and homeowner boards through the years and has volunteered for organizations focused on animal welfare, environmental stewardship and maritime traditions. She also has a great passion for assisting young people and has participated in extensive informal and formal mentoring programs.

Sorlien and her husband, Thomas Glen Jones, currently live in Bonita Springs, Fla.