Now is a historic time for Lynn University, as we celebrate our past and pave the way for our very promising future. 2012 marks our institution’s 50th anniversary, and we have grown quite a bit since our time as Marymount College and the College of Boca Raton. It is our founders, alumni, students, and faculty and staff, past and present, who have propelled our university forward and formed the Lynn of today.
We are proud of all that we have accomplished and honored by all of the attention we are receiving. Most notably, the Commission on Presidential Debates recently awarded Lynn the prestigious honor of hosting the third and final 2012 Presidential Debate, which will take place on our campus in the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center next October 22. Our university has been gaining a reputation as an open forum for public dialogues, and we are thrilled to be providing this service to our campus, community and country.
Lynn is on the move, and our future is full of potential. The City of Boca Raton recently approved our master plan, paving the way for us to build out our campus to accommodate 3,000 students. We also plan to construct a number of new buildings on our campus, including new classroom buildings, residence halls and a university center, and this year we welcomed our largest incoming class in recent history.
But as we grow, we will stay true to our identity and continue to pursue our vision to be one of the most innovative, international and individualized small, private universities in the country, as well as continue our mission to provide the education, support and environment that enable individual students to realize their full potential and to prepare for success in the world.
As part of our mission, we introduced our dynamic core curriculum, the Dialogues of Learning, which emphasizes face-to-face discussions and innovative, experiential learning opportunities within a supportive environment. All of our students meet individually with their faculty advisors to register for classes, and you won’t find any large lecture halls on our campus.
Inside Higher Ed, a leading online higher education news source, recently highlighted the Dialogues and the overall ambitions of our university, and U.S. News & World Report moved Lynn from its regional rankings to the national rankings, placing us among the top 268 schools in the country. The publication also ranked Lynn fourth overall for the highest percentage of international students.
All styles are welcome at Lynn, and we are proud of the diversity of our campus. Our students have different nationalities, interests and majors, but we have a strong sense of community and come together throughout the year for events like Multicultural Day, Knights Unite Day of Caring and Founders Day.
These are just a few things that make a Lynn college experience different from the rest. But don’t just take my word for it. We invite you to come to our campus and be a part of this exciting time at Lynn.
We hope to see you soon.
Kevin M. Ross, Ed.D.