Dr. Lindsay Whorton

Vice President and Dean

A former Rhodes Scholar, Fulbright Fellow and head coach of the Oxford University Women’s Basketball team, Dr. Lindsay Whorton brings a background of diverse leadership roles to her position as vice president and dean at The Holdsworth Center.

Previously, Lindsay worked for Boston Consulting Group, where she rolled out a new brand strategy for a major North American retailer, led workshops for senior leaders and designed a pay-for-performance model that calculated bonuses for more than 10,000 associates.

Before joining BCG, Lindsay worked as Legislative Director for Colorado State Senator Mike Johnston, where she coordinated an amendment that adjusted the implementation timeline of SB-191, Colorado’s teacher evaluation law, and a law that enhanced opportunities for social impact bonds, an innovative approach to funding early childhood education and other critical social programs through public-private partnerships. She also led recruitment of 80 parents from around the country to attend a convening for America Achieves, an organization dedicated to identifying and supporting exceptional innovators and educators. Additionally, Lindsay led Urban Leaders Fellowship, which recruits up-and-coming leaders from around the nation and builds their skills in policy and leadership.

At the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Lindsay designed a grant program to promote effective school practices and at the American Federation of Teachers, she designed a prototype database to track successful schools nationwide.

Lindsay earned a doctorate in social policy from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She lived in Helsinki, Finland as a Fulbright Scholar while conducting research for her dissertation examining the impact of teachers’ unions on performance-related pay reform in Finland, Switzerland, Texas and Florida. In 2015, she published “Teachers Unions and Education Reform in Comparative Contexts.”

Before traveling across the pond, Lindsay earned degrees in English and secondary education at Drake University in Iowa, where she was captain of the women’s basketball team, an Academic All-American, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees.