On Nov. 14, in front of staff, faculty and students President Kevin M. Ross delivered his seventh State of the University
address in the Wold Performing Arts Center. Ross reviewed Lynn University’s accomplishments, challenges and ambitious goals.
“As you know, 2012 is a very historic year for Lynn, as it marks our institution’s 50th anniversary, and we could think of no better way to mark the beginning of one historic event than by hosting another,” Ross said.
The effects of that historic event – the third and final presidential debate – are still being felt, but it is clear that the sheer numbers tell the story: from our own university’s involvement that spawned 80 debate-related courses, 208 business partners, 476 volunteers to the 59.2 million people who tuned in, the 3,500 credentialed media who descended upon our campus resulting in more than 30,000 media stories. And there were 153,000 visits on our official debate website, 6.5 million tweets, 2,000 photos posted and 130,000 viewers of the K-12 curriculum on iTunes. And we were able to enhance our technology through our debate investments.
It’s evident that plenty of people have now “heard of us” making the tongue-in-cheek t-shirt, “We’ve never heard of your either,” even more popular.
Though mammoth in scope and utilizing major resources, the debate is only one feather in the university’s cap. Ross had some other groundbreaking news – literally – on the construction boom about to take place on campus.
On the weekend of March 21-23, during a special 50th anniversary combined Family and Alumni Weekend, Lynn will be officially breaking ground on its new $12 million International Business Center, Ross announced.
And the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Bobby Campbell Stadium, the new home for Lynn’s seven-time national champion soccer program, will take place this February.
The $1.2 million gift from Robert “Bobby” Campbell to construct this stadium will also allow Lynn to introduce another sport to its athletics roster – men’s lacrosse.
“Both the Bobby Campbell Stadium and the International Business Center are game-changing gifts to our university, much like the Wold Performing Arts Center, and you all saw what we recently did with that, “ Ross said alluding to the debate. “Gifts of this magnitude are signs that an institution has reached its stride…”
Lynn will also soon break ground on a new central chilled water plant, the first of its kind in Boca to use reclaimed water.
During his hour-long address, Ross also enumerated Lynn’s new initiatives, accomplishments and successes of 2012.