Kevin M. Ross delivers Lynn’s 2019 State of the University

October 2019

In true State of the University fashion, President Kevin M. Ross entered the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center theater on horseback Oct. 30 to deliver his annual address. The Game of Thrones-themed event brought the Lynn University community together to “share tales of the past and map out plans to conquer whatever challenges lie ahead.”


Ross noted recent triumphs, including U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” and The Princeton Review “Green Colleges” rankings. He also announced that Lynn is an Apple Distinguished School for the fourth consecutive time.

Gareth Fowles, vice president for enrollment management, a.k.a. Jaqen H’ghar, and Taryn Hamill, associate director of enrollment management, a.k.a. Arya Stark, highlighted Lynn’s record enrollment—3,247 students. This represents 1,239 new students for Fall 2019, including 707 first-year students from 62 countries.

Last year 2,984 prospective students participated in the Campus Visit Experience, which was supported by 125 Student Admission Ambassadors who speak 24 different languages. The Office of Admission also hosted 146 prospects for two Admitted Student Experiences—83% of those students enrolled.

Land of the Students

Vice President for Student Affairs Anthony Altieri, a.k.a. Lord of the Land of Students, and his team prepared for the incoming class throughout the summer.

The Center for Student Involvement coordinated 68 programs for the semester’s first 40 days. Nearly 1,500 students participated in programs focused on the transition to Lynn and how to connect with peers.

In August, staff introduced You@Lynn, a resource with self-guided personal wellness checks and strategies, which over 500 students have utilized. They also administered over 700 CliftonStrengths assessments since Welcome Weekend.

Additionally, Lynn integrated Navigate to help keep students on track to graduation. Over 1,000 students downloaded the mobile application, making more than 740 appointments with advisers, and nearly all faculty have used it to support students’ success.

Kingdom of Academia

Vice President for Academic Affairs Katrina Carter-Tellison, a.k.a. Khaleesi, honored the work of faculty across campus for program accreditations and participation in the Consortium for Academic Excellence.

Carter-Tellison also marked 10 years of the Dialogues core curriculum and announced its next iteration. Highlights of the revised curriculum include integration of data analytics, expansion of micro-credentials, and project and research-based learning.

Augmented Reality is here

Magic Leap’s spatial computing system, Magic Leap One, is here in the College of Communication and Design. Spatial computing allows the user to see physical objects and spaces while also seeing and interacting with digitally designed objects.

Its merging of real and virtual worlds creates an immersive experience that allows human connection and collaboration with data that was unimaginable before. Mike Arsenault, associate dean in the college, demonstrated the technology by killing a virtual White Walker on stage.

Workday is coming

Chief Strategy and Technology Officer Christian Boniforti shared updates as Lord Commander of the Knights Watch. “I am here today to tell you, Workday is coming,” he proclaimed.

In order to support enrollment growth and to accomplish Lynn 2025 objectives, Lynn will implement a three-phase project to improve business processes. The project includes adopting Workday’s on-demand, best practice and cloud-based financial and human capital management software.

The solutions will replace over 20 applications and home-grown solutions and processes. Full adoption and deployment will take approximately four years, through June 2022.

Boniforti also shared that the Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn Library welcomed over 50,000 visitors so far in Fall 2019 and supported over 1,500 students with research and other assignments.

The Lynn Digital Press produced 68 e-books, of which seven are peer-reviewed. In addition, librarians captured Lynn’s 57-year history in Spiral through photography, videography and more.

Red Priestess of Lynn prophecy

Looking ahead, employees will receive merit increases based on job performance. The university also will increase its retirement plan match and absorb healthcare cost increases to maintain current premiums.

The Lynn Conservatory of Music celebrates its 20th anniversary season, while Dr. Jon Robertson celebrates 15 years. The Wold Performing Arts Center reaches its 10th anniversary, while Jan. 10 will mark the 10th anniversary of the Haiti Earthquake, which took the lives of four Lynn students and two faculty members. The university will honor their legacies that day and during January Term.

Lynn plans further campus improvements: Work will begin on the 20,000-square-foot Snyder Center for Health and Wellness in spring, and Lynn engaged development advisory firm to evaluate campus housing and develop a residential master plan.

Fighting Knights vs. White Walkers

Game of Thrones event wouldn’t be complete without a battle. Student-athletes took on many foes throughout the year, including the event’s “White Walkers,” and never stopped showing their spirit, service and strength.

The latest edition of Lynn magazine recaps Fighting Knights success and many others across the university.


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