William (Bill) Leary, professor in the College of Education, was named the first-ever professor emeritus, a designation awarded for outstanding teaching and service to the university.

“It is a great honor to be named the first professor emeritus during Lynn’s 50th anniversary year,” says Leary.
Leary has had a very long and storied career in education and has served Lynn well since 1998, says Gregg Cox, vice president for academic affairs. “Bill has been instrumental in the development of highly skilled administrators in the local school districts and in fact, all around the country,” says Cox. 
He had teaching and superintendent assignments for 25 years in 3 different states – Florida, New York and Massachusetts – all in public school districts.

Leary says his greatest achievements at Lynn include learning and sharing in the Dialogues of Learning Program, and being part of the success of graduating doctoral students in both the Ph.D. and the Ed.D. programs.