MEDIA CONTACT: Kristine M. Gobbo
FAU’s College of Nursing Receives $300,000 from
Christine E. Lynn for Student Scholarships and Faculty Retention
BOCA RATON, Fla. (January 26, 2015) – Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing recently received two gifts totaling $300,000 from local philanthropist, business owner and nurse, Christine E. Lynn. A $100,000 gift will support an endowed scholarship fund for students who intend to work at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The $200,000 gift will support the College’s faculty talent retention fund, which assists in retaining the best and brightest faculty.
“We are extremely grateful for Mrs. Lynn’s generous support. These gifts demonstrate the love she has for this community as an investment in retaining top talent in the local area – both the nurses who graduate from our programs and our dynamic faculty members,” said Marlaine Smith, Ph.D., dean of the College of Nursing.
The College’s faculty talent retention fund addresses the need to reward and retain its most accomplished faculty members, who are heavily recruited by universities throughout the country due to a critical national nurse faculty shortage. Similarly, there is a national nursing shortage, and South Florida nursing graduates are being recruited to jobs out of the area. Both of these gifts assist the community in keeping talented nurses close to home.
“It is absolutely critical that we support the best and brightest of the nursing profession and demonstrate that their talents are needed and appreciated here in South Florida,” said Christine E. Lynn.
Over the past 30 years, Lynn has supported nursing, healthcare and education with unwavering dedication. She currently serves as chairman of the board of Lynn Insurance Group, and as chairman of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Board of Trustees. She is a 2013 recipient of the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor, given to a distinguished American citizen who exemplifies a life dedicated to community service and who makes a better world for all. Her philanthropic efforts have provided much to the College, including a generous $10 million gift to fund and name the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing building.
For more information on the College of Nursing, visit the website.
About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.