Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Celebrates 40 Years

Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, 40 Year Anniversary, Celebration, Community

(From left): Marlaine Smith, Ph.D., dean, FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing; Christine E. Lynn; FAU President John Kelly; Anne Boykin, Ph.D., dean emeritus; Bret Danilowicz, Ph.D., FAU provost and vice president for academic affairs; and Danita Nias, FAU vice president for institutional advancement and CEO of the FAU Foundation.

By gisele galoustian | 3/13/2019

Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing recently celebrated its 40th anniversary during a special event at the college to support initiatives for nursing education, research, and community service. The celebratory event honored the College of Nursing’s namesake Christine E. Lynn, Anne Boykin, Ph.D., dean emeritus, and Marlaine Smith, Ph.D., the current dean, for elevating the college to its highly ranked stature and recognition locally, regionally and nationally.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN) began in 1979 with approximately 10 students. FAU’s College of Nursing now enrolls more than 1,100 students in four nursing degree programs on campuses in Boca Raton, Davie and Harbor Branch. Today, the college has nearly 7,000 alumni, and more than two-thirds of them reside in South Florida and provide vital health care services in the region.

“Tonight is a monumental occasion for Florida Atlantic University, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the many communities that we serve as we commemorate 40 years of innovative programs in education, research and community outreach,” said Smith. “I am honored to be celebrating the many accomplishments and milestones of our college with Christine Lynn, Anne Boykin and our many distinguished guests. We will continue to soar to new heights thanks to your vision and untiring support.”

The 40th anniversary celebration event was co-chaired by Terry Fedele, advisory board chair of FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, and Patricia Liehr, Ph.D., associate dean for nursing research and scholarship in FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing.

Gold sponsors of the event were Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Dick and Barbara Schmidt and the Schmidt Family Foundation; silver sponsors were Bobby Campbell, Gene and Susan Folden, Lynn University, and the Mathew Forbes Romer Foundation; and bronze sponsors were American Traveler, Barbara C. Gutin, Bob Sheetz and Debbie Lindstrom, Harcourt M. and Virginia W. Sylvester Foundation, Margaret Mary Shuff/Boca Raton Magazine/JES Media, and Memorial Healthcare System. 

FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing is nationally and internationally known for its excellence and philosophy of caring science. The college is ranked No.1 in online graduate nursing programs in Florida and No. 23in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. In 2017, with a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®), FAU BSN graduates, first-time test takers, ranked among the highest (No.1) in Florida and the United States.

FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). For more information, visit