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FAU’s College of Nursing Receives $250,000 Gift from Christine E. Lynn to Support Faculty Talent Retention Fund

BOCA RATON, Fla. (December 20, 2013) - Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing recently received a $250,000 gift from local philanthropist, business owner and nurse, Christine E. Lynn. The gift will support a faculty talent retention fund, which will assist the College of Nursing in retaining the best and brightest faculty.

“Mrs. Lynn’s generosity has, once again, opened up endless possibilities for the College that bears her name,” said Marlaine Smith, dean of the College of Nursing. “This gift will allow us to continue to attract quality faculty, nurse leaders and researchers, and also provides a wonderful incentive for our talented faculty, encouraging them to remain at FAU, where they can focus on their teaching, service and research.”

There is a critical national nurse faculty shortage, and the most talented faculty are being heavily recruited by universities throughout the country. The faculty talent retention fund provides incentives and rewards for special faculty accomplishments. This will benefit College of Nursing students and the community in a variety of ways, including that these talented faculty will continue to have a presence and impact on the quality of nurse care in South Florida and beyond.    

“As a nurse, I understand the importance of the profession in our community,” said Christine E. Lynn. “It is vital that the quality of nursing care and nurse leadership remain strong, and this begins with students in our community obtaining a solid nursing education from the best faculty.”

Over the past 30 years, Lynn has supported nursing, healthcare and education with unwavering energy. She currently serves as CEO of the Lynn Insurance Group, and as chairman of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Board of Trustees. In May 2013, Lynn received 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 $10,000,000 gift to fund the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing building.

For more information on the College of Nursing, visit the website.


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

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