Lynn University board chair to receive prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor

Christine Lynn joins the ranks of U.S. Presidents and Nobel Laurites as an honoree

Published Apr. 17, 2013

Christine_LynnDuring a kick-off event in New York City, Lynn University Board of Trustees Chair Christine E. Lynn was announced as the recipient of one of the prestigious Ellis Island Medals of Honor to pay tribute to her role as a person who immigrated to America and who has been a model citizen and community advocate.

“I never expected it, and I’m thrilled, excited and honored to be receiving such a prestigious award,” Lynn said.

The awards gala will take place on Saturday, May 11, on Ellis Island, New York, at 6 p.m. The Great Hall where immigrants were once processed is the location for the gala dinner which follows the ceremony. Approximately 100 medalists are honored each year.

The National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) established the award to pay homage to the immigrant experience, as well as for individual achievement. Medals are awarded to U.S. citizens, native-born or naturalized, from various ethnic backgrounds. The medals honor the contribution made to America by immigrants and the legacy they left behind in the successes of their children and grandchildren. Lynn is originally from Oslo, Norway.

Previous honorees included Muhammed Ali, Frank Sinatra, Barbara Walters, Hillary Clinton and several U.S. presidents.

“In addition to her service to our university, Christine has a long and distinguished history of giving and serving others in a wide variety of ways,” Lynn University President Kevin M. Ross said. “I think she is extremely deserving of this national recognition for her dedication to our community and beyond.”

In 1991, the College of Boca Raton was renamed Lynn University honoring major donors, Eugene and Christine Lynn, and she has remained involved with the university since. In addition to her work with Lynn University, Lynn is widely known in the region for her support of healthcare and other community efforts. She and her late husband provided the seed money to start Florida Atlantic University’s nursing program in 1979 and their years of service and support to Boca Raton Regional Hospital is reflected in that organization naming its cancer center the Lynn Cancer Institute in their honor.

She has supported numerous other healthcare and community organizations and has been recognized with a large number of honors and awards including the Rotary International Outstanding Philanthropic Award for Leadership and its Paul Harris Fellow Award, “Signature of Life” award from The Wellness Community, admission to the Gables Society of the University of Miami, the National Jewish Medical and Research Center Humanitarian Award. Additionally, several buildings have been named after her and her late husband at Lynn University, Stetson University, Boca Raton Regional Hospital and FAU.

In addition to being the Lynn University Board of Trustees chair, Christine E. Lynn is chairman of the board of Lynn Insurance Group, and serves as chairwoman of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Board of Trustees.