William Lane

Trustee until Sept. 2023

William C. Lane is a 40-year Caterpillar veteran and President Emeritus of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. Bill is one of the business community’s leading advocates for free trade and global engagement. As the leader of a global team of government affairs professionals, Bill has been responsible for Caterpillar’s advocacy in support of competitiveness, trade liberalization and economic growth. From 2005 to 2007, Speaker Hastert appointed Bill to the HELP Commission, a presidential committee examining the effectiveness of U.S. foreign aid. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees from Penn State and attended the University of Cologne in Germany. Bill is a 2011 Penn State alumni fellow and an adjunct professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. He was also a certified management accountant.