Lynn acquires the Harid Conservatory to become the Conservatory of Music which provides a high-quality professional performance education to talented students.
Taking over the reins … Lynn heralds the 21st century with big changes in leadership and curriculum.
Fifth president named
Kevin M. Ross takes over as Lynn’s fifth president succeeding his father Donald Ross who retires after 35 years.
Shortly after taking office. Kevin Ross shared his thoughts with Lynn Magazine.
A conversation with Lynn’s new president: Kevin Ross
Shortly after taking office, President Ross shared his thoughts with Lynn Magazine星力注册送30元的捕鱼 in the summer of 2006.
Q: How have the three institutions you attended influenced your role as an educator?
A: Colgate University, my undergraduate institution, is known for its liberal arts program and exceptional teaching. St. John’s College, where I earned my Master of Arts in Liberal Arts, has a truly distinctive curriculum based on the Great Books. Vanderbilt, where I obtained my doctorate from the Peabody College of Education, is professionally oriented. Currently at Lynn we offer a liberal arts core and professional study programs, but we’re working on bringing true distinctiveness to the Lynn experience, through interdisciplinary education, study abroad and enhancements to the core curriculum.
Q: As chief operating officer, one of your major priorities was supervising the development of Lynn 2020, the university’s strategic plan. Why was this initiative so important at this time?
A:星力注册送30元的捕鱼 At this pivotal point in our organizational lifecycle, I and the leadership team recognized that this was the time to marshal all of our forces, to come together and decide how we’re going to move forward, how we’re going to differentiate ourselves from the other colleges and universities out there. How are we going to get there? How long will it take? Who’s responsible for it? We knew we needed a series of actionable steps that would get us there. Because we care deeply about the place, we wanted to bring in the best in the field to help facilitate our plan. That’s why we sought out George Keller, an acclaimed innovator in strategic planning.
星力注册送30元的捕鱼Even before Dr. Keller arrived, one of the chairs of our SACS review had told my father in his final analysis that Lynn is on the verge of greatness. Keller called it a “tipping point.” We’re off and running to become even more special than we already are. You see that with so many of our programs—their quality, whether it’s athletics or a college or school, or just the nature of the people who work here and the students who come here. I like that we’re constantly striving to get better. Continual improvement. Continual assessment and being honest with ourselves. This was the right time.
Sometimes transitions can be one of those right times. You’re finishing one chapter and beginning another. There’s that timing in between the two when you can set yourself up for great continuity. It reminds me of a sure that we’re truly listening to what their hopes, wishes and desires are, while being realistic about how we can, or in some cases cannot, meet those. We’re moving away from singular champions. This is not a sustainable model over the long haul. To do the things we need to do, everyone has a role. I would prefer for a lot of people to come together to accomplish our goals than for just one person to do so, because that shows buy-in. It reminds me of a quote by Ebenezer Dodge, president of Colgate University—one of my alma maters, in an address to the Class of 1870: “An institution should never break with its history, for to that it owes the inspiration necessary for discharging its present obligations.”
Q: What do you feel is the biggest challenge facing our university, and how do you see us meeting that challenge?
A: As an institution, one of our major challenges is our newness. From a fundraising standpoint, we do not have a long, rich, storied history of philanthropy. A big challenge before us is, How do we move forward in an era of rising costs, rising tuitions and the inability of consumers to pay for the goods and services without being saddled in debt— and that’s not something we want to teach our students. So, we’re seriously exploring how we as an institution can help ourselves while helping our students. That means strategic deployment of resources based on the goals. That means reaching out to our different constituents to be That shows conviction and commitment to our cause.
Q: What message would you like to convey to alumni? What role can they play in our future?
A:星力注册送30元的捕鱼 We’ve had some great success in connecting with alumni across the nation and around the world with a relatively new alumni relations program. We’d like to further engage them in the life of their university. They are still part of the Lynn family. We want them to come back for “family reunions” and celebrate new and old family traditions.
We’re working every day on significantly increasing the value of our graduates’ degrees. We’re never going to stop doing that. That was an investment they made in their education here. Contrary to what some people may think—that when they leave a university, their investment is over—our graduates’ investment in Lynn is compounding interest every day and will for the rest of their lives.
星力注册送30元的捕鱼The future of Lynn University is very bright, and our trajectory is at a lightning pace. Lynn is on the move very, very quickly. We’d love for our alumni to be a part of Lynn’s future and to come along with us for this ride.
About Kevin Ross
Doctor of Education, Vanderbilt University, Peabody College of Education, 2006. Dissertation:“Bridging the Gap: A Multi-Case Study of the Adoption and Implementation of Instructional Technology in Higher Education”
Master of Arts in Liberal Arts, St. John’s College, 1997
Bachelor of Arts in English, Colgate University, 1994
Lynn University: President, 2006; chief operating officer, 2004-2006; vice president for institutional advancement, 2003-2004; director of devel- opment, 2001-2003; director of special projects, 2000-2001; associate dean, Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn College of International Communication, 1999-2000
Wilmington College: assistant to the president, 1998-1999
Avon Old Farms School (Avon, Conn.): associate director of admissions, 1997
The Hill School (Pottstown, Pa.): admission officer, 1994-1996
Boca Raton Educational Television, Founding Board
Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition, Board of Directors
Pope John Paul II High School, Advisory Board
Lynn University Board of Trustees
The first Founders Day, with canoe races and a family-friendly festival and picnic, is held on campus to celebrate Lynn’s beginnings.
Perper Plaza dedicated
The Dialogues, Lynn’s new core curriculum, is launched.
Lynn’s new core curriculum is lauded in Insider Higher Ed.
Perper Tennis Complex dedicated
Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center
Opening act. In 2010, the Wold Performing Arts Center kicked off Lynn’s building boom. Audiences love the setting for Live at Lynn and the Philharmonia, but it’s a must for history buffs, too. A commemorative coin is adhered to the Wold’s stage floor, the actual coin tossed to determine who would speak first at the 2012 presidential debate. Mitt Romney won the toss. President Barack Obama, of course, won the election.
Coming of age … Lynn’s 50th anniversary ushers in some of the school’s most momentous years filled with important conversations and new innovations in teaching and learning.
Knights Unite Day
The first annual “Knights Unite” day of caring honors four students and two faculty members who perished in the 2010 Haiti earthquake while on the Journey of Hope service trip. The following year, Lynn dedicates Remembrance Plaza.
A place of reflection and inspiration. When an earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, four Lynn students and two faculty members were killed while performing community service there. To honor its beloved community members, the campus mobilized to build a memorial that would forever tell their stories.
You can’t plan for tragedy, but we knew as a community that we had to do something that would honor their legacy long beyond our own lives.
星力注册送30元的捕鱼In 2012, Lynn dedicated the Remembrance Plaza in honor of Stephanie Crispinelli, Britney Gengel, Christine Gianacaci, Courtney Hayes, Dr. Richard Bruno and Dr. Patrick Hartwick.
Lynn hosts the final presidential debate between U.S. President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
Lynn University had a front row seat to history as it hosted the final presidential debate.