The journey that was Lynn 2020
In January 2005, we engaged Dr. George C. Keller, an award-winning strategic planner and one of America’s leading scholars of higher education, to help us create a strategic plan for Lynn University.
Over the next four months, George got to know us well, conducting interviews and research, and meeting regularly with our 17-member strategic planning committee. The result was Lynn 2020: The Strategic Plan for Lynn University. “2020” referred to the 15-year plan’s projected end point and the three “I’s” in its vision statement, which became a sort of campus clarion call: “Lynn’s vision is to be recognized as one of the most innovative, international and individualized small universities in America.”
Now, here we are, less than 13 years later, with the plan and a couple of extras—the 2012 presidential debate and iPad initiative—complete. Well done, everyone! This accomplishment belongs to all of you. George called it a “major and persistent act of the faculty, trustees, alumni, president, vice presidents, teams and coaches and interested friends of venturesome higher learning.” I say it another way: “Lynn gets it done.”
It’s been a journey filled with ups and downs, but overwhelmingly ups. With the Dialogues and iPad initiative, we’ve transformed teaching and learning, and with amazing new facilities and enhanced technology, we’ve transformed the campus. We’ve created new learning models including accelerated degree programs and academic partnerships. We’ve fostered Fighting Knights champions with an unwavering focus on spirit, service and strength. We’ve enhanced our efforts to help students become successful global citizens, with expanded study abroad, service learning, internship and career opportunities. We’ve improved the Lynn experience by creating 24/7 campus dining, peer mentor and leadership development programs, and a new take on student orientation called Lynn Launch.
Along the way, we’ve learned a lot about ourselves. We’ve developed a sort of persistent patience to pursue the right opportunities at the right time—and in the proper sequence.
Call it the perfect blend of strategy and serendipity. Here’s a powerful example. The completion of the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center in 2010 provided an ideal venue for the 2012 presidential debate. The many campus improvements—new entrances, added parking, new energy plant, relocated nature preserve and more—paved the way for important future facilities, such as the Mohammed Indimi International Business Center, the Mary and Harold Perper Residence Hall, Bobby Campbell Stadium, Perper Intramural Field, Snyder Sanctuary and Christine E. Lynn University Center. The technology upgrades provided the infrastructure essential for the iPad initiative.
You’ll read all about it in this special edition of Lynn magazine. To all of you who have been a part of this journey—employees, students, alumni, parents and friends—thank you for believing in our vision and helping us achieve it. I especially thank our donors who generously funded scholarships and our new buildings. Without their support, our accomplishments would not have been possible. I’m grateful, too, to George Keller. George passed away in 2007, and our strategic plan was his last masterwork. While he didn’t live to see us complete it, he was confident we would.
“To all of you who have been a part of the Lynn 2020 journey—employees, students, alumni, parents and friends—thank you for believing in our vision and helping us achieve it.”
Kevin M. Ross, president
What a journey Lynn 2020 has been. When you venture out into new territory, you’re filled with anticipation and excitement—and a little uncertainty. You have an idea of how you’ll reach your destination, but you’re not 100 percent sure about it until you arrive.
We have arrived—not at our destination, but at a significant milestone. Today, Lynn University is recognized as one of America’s most innovative, international and individualized small universities. We’re on our way. Wait until you see what’s next.
Kevin M. Ross