State of the university

Lynn 2020: The vision comes into focus

This winter marks 11 years since we launched our strategic plan, Lynn 2020, which declared a bold vision for Lynn University: “to be recognized as one of America’s most innovative, international and individualized small universities.”

The extraordinary support and work poured into this effort have propelled us ahead of schedule. We are on track to complete our 15-year plan two years early. 

Watch President Kevin Ross deliver his annual state of the university address.  

October 26, 2016

2015–16 highlights

Campus updates

Peer mentors in front of IBC
Fall enrollment increase

This fall, we welcomed 717 freshman and transfer students (up 25 percent over the past five years) and 262 master’s students. Read the story.

RT Good sits and talks with student in IBC
Lynn names business dean

Ralph Tilden "RT" Good became the new dean of the College of Business and Management. Read the story.

Perper Residence Hall Rendering
Lynn breaks ground on new residence hall

Lynn broke ground on the Mary Ann and Harold Perper Residence Hall, which is projected to open in fall 2017. Read the story.

Yvonne S. Boice stands in front of the circle of flags at Lynn University.
Circle of flags dedicated

The university dedicated its circle of flags, representing its global student body, to renowned philanthropist, world traveler and longtime Lynn supporter Yvonne S. Boice. Read the story.

Outdoor beauty shot of IBC during the day
LEED® Platinum certification

The Mohammed Indimi International Business Center achieved LEED® Platinum certification, the highest level of endorsement awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. Read the story.

New Lynn University gym floor.
Gym makeover for the Knights

An interior makeover of the de Hoernle Sports and Cultural Center befits our Fighting Knights’ tradition of spirit, service and strength. Read the story.

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Students take flight

Burton D. Morgan School of Aeronautics students train with a new, state-of-the-art Redbird Flight Training Device. A gift from the Batchelor Foundation Inc. was matched by other generous donors to fund the upgrade. Read the story.

Outdoor shot of students walking around campus
Tobacco- and smoke-free campus

Lynn University is now a tobacco- and smoke-free campus, joining nearly 1,500 U.S. colleges and universities. Knights of the Roundtable, Lynn’s student government, spearheaded the policy. Read the story.

Technology and curriculum innovation

2 male Lynn students in Perper Plaza using Apple devices
Lynn goes Pro

Lynn deployed 1,800 iPad Pros, Apple Pencils and Smart Keyboards to undergraduate day students and faculty. The new devices bring students greater functionality and cost savings. Read the story.

Wyncode Academy in Wynwood.
New academic partnerships

New academic partnerships with General Assembly, Amani Institute, Wyncode Academy and Watson University afford students opportunities to gain specialized skills for technology and entrepreneurial careers. Read the story

St. Thomas Law and Lynn University sign partnership for 3+3 law program
3+3 law degree

Lynn University students can obtain a bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctor in six years instead of seven through a collaboration with St. Thomas University School of Law. 
Read the story

Christian Boniforti in the data center
Enhanced data center

Lynn contracted with industry leader Equinix Inc. to expand and grow the university’s digital services and increase bandwidth capabilities. Read the story


Kevin Ross wear his new adidas shoes while signing $1 million deal with the company
$1 million deal with adidas

Lynn signed a $1 million deal extending its partnership with adidas to be the official brand of the national champion Fighting Knights through 2020. Read the story

Coach Mike Perez
Lynn's most-winning coach

Mike Perez, men’s and women’s tennis head coach, became the eighth collegiate tennis coach in history to reach 1,000 career wins. Perez has won seven national championships, produced 170 All-American athletes and been named Sunshine State Conference (SSC) Coach of the Year nine times. Read the story.

Female student athlete runs in womens cross country outdoor meet
Lynn adds women's track

Women’s track, led by coach Chris Wood, is Lynn’s newest varsity sport, increasing NCAA Division II athletic programs to 15. Read the story.

Lynn women's golf coach Karli Heimbecker
Heimbecker named women's golf head coach

Karli Heimbecker advanced to head women’s golf coach. Read the story

Lynn University tennis player swings at tennis ball on the court.
Knights clinch Sunshine State Conference championships

Women’s tennis and men’s golf clinched Sunshine State Conference championships. They joined four other Lynn teams in NCAA postseason play: men’s tennis, women’s golf and baseball in the NCAA South Regional Tournaments and swimming in the NCAA Division II National Championship.

Undergrad student sits in classroom taking her core classes.
Knights shine in the classroom

Lynn Athletics recognized the largest number of honor students in 20 years, with 191 student athletes (75 percent) earning a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the 2015–16 academic year. Baseball’s Kyle Schindler and swimming’s Thalie Carmigniani and Rebecca Matthews earned recognition as CoSIDA Academic All-Americans.

Industry accolades

Grad student Nora Emmanuel uses and iPad Pro outdoors
Best online programs

Lynn University is among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Programs for the fourth year in a row. The 2016 report recognizes Lynn’s bachelor’s degrees, Master of Business Administration and Master of Education online programs.

Lynn staff and faculty stand in Perper Plaza with Great Colleges to Work For sign
Great colleges to work for

In a survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Lynn won honors in four categories: Compensation and Benefits, Respect and Appreciation, Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship, and Work/Life Balance. Read more.

Man works on laptop in the MBA in international business program.
Top MBA programs

South Florida Business Journal ranked Lynn among top five MBA programs last December. Lynn moved up one place from a year ago and was one of only two small, independent schools to achieve the top five. Read more.

Kevin Ross outside by the circle of flags
President Ross elected to CIC board

President Kevin M. Ross was elected last January to the board of directors of the Council of Independent Colleges, a national higher education association. Read more.

Brian Bowser from Sodexo handing a student a plate of food in the Elmore Dining Commons
Top 5 dining satisfaction

Lynn dining partner Sodexo named Lynn a top-five university for dining satisfaction. Ranked among 332 colleges that participated in the fall 2015 Sodexo Consumer Loyalty Survey, Lynn scored 95 percent in satisfaction. Read more.

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