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Naomi B Lynn - General Interest

Naomi Lynn served as President of Sangamon State University in Springfield, Illinois from 1991 through 1995. In that year the university transitioned into the University of Illinois at Springfield, part of the University of Illinois system. Lynn skillfully oversaw that transition, becoming chancellor of UIS. As part of that transition, she also supervised the school's transition from a two year (junior and seniors only) to a four year program with increasingly robust graduate programs as well. Lynn was the nation's first Hispanic woman to head a public university. She was a champion of women’s rights and became a leader and mentor for women and minorities in academia and the larger community.

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Abstract

Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Influences in her early life leading to career in higher education

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Experiences in higher education in Kansas, Georgia and Illinois as a minority woman

Interview Session 03 (Audio)

Transition from Sangamon State to the U. of Illinois-Springfield, a four-year institution


Photos

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Robert and Naomi, 1962, pose for a family picture in Tennessee, with daughters, Judy, Mary Lou, and Nancy.

Where:

Tennessee

When:

1962

Ownership:

Narator's Photo


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The first time a woman in Congress married another member, Representatives Andrew Jacobs and Martha Keys, received national coverage. Naomi served as their matron of honor in Topeka, Kansas in 1976.

Where:

Topeka, Kansas

When:

1976

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.



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In the late 1980’s Naomi was invited to participate in the Women in Civil Rights National Conference. Pictured with Naomi are Rosa Parks (on the left) and Coretta Scott King (far right). (Narrator’s photo)

Where:

Unknown

When:

Late 1980's

Ownership:

Narrator's Photo

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In 1988, Naomi initiated and chaired the program for the ‘Women and the Constitution’ Conference, celebrating 200 years of the Constitution; the conference highlighting the recent failure of Equal Rights Amendment.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1988

Ownership:

Narrator's Photo



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Naomi served as the Dean of the College of Public and Urban Affairs at Georgia State University while living in Atlanta, Georgia in 1989.

Where:

Atlanta, Georgia

When:

1989

Ownership:

Narrator's Photo

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Published in 1990, the book is an outgrowth of the Women and the Constitution: A Bicentennial Perspective conference held in Atlanta, Georgia. It is one of the first to provide an understanding of women’s early political contributions to our country and Constitution.

Where:

Unknown

When:

1990

Ownership:

May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator.

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Sangamon State University hosted a traditional Christmas party, 1992. Pictured at a university Christmas party are Naomi and Bob with two of their granddaughters.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

1992

Ownership:

Narrator's Photo

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Naomi Lynn, pictured shortly after becoming president of Sangamon State University (SSU), Springfield, IL, 1991. She was the first woman president of SSU.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

1991

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Naomi Lynn serving as the president of SSU, utilized her skills and leadership to lead the transition of SSU into the University of Illinois system.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

circa 1991

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.





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Pictured in 1992, Naomi and her husband, Bob, entertained Robert Reed (of the Brady Bunch) and his wife, in their home for a private reception in his honor. (Narrator’s photo)

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

1992

Ownership:

Narrator's Photo

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Governor Jim Edger congratulated the school’s championship NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes) soccer team in 1993, with coach Aydin Gonulsen and President Naomi Lynn on hand.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

1993

Ownership:

Narrator's Photo

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Naomi rides with Aydin Gonulsen, the first Athletic Director and Head Soccer coach at Sangamon State University after winning the 1993 National Championship by the SSU Prairie Stars.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

1993

Ownership:

Narrator's Photo

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Naomi Lynn and bipartisan supporters at the signing ceremony with Gov. Jim Edgar in the State Capitol, on June 12, 1995 making Sangamon State University the University of Illinois at Springfield. She received a pen from Gov. Jim Edgar to commemorate the signing of the legislation.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

June 12, 1995

Ownership:

This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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The Lynn family gathers for a family picture at Naomi’s retirement reception at the University of Illinois at Springfield on April 7, 2000.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

April 7, 2000

Ownership:

Narrator's Photo

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Naomi is pictured with the Master of Ceremonies A. Wayne Penn, UIS Provost and Vice “Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UIS at the Naomi B. Lynn Retirement Reception, April 2000.

Where:

Springfield, Illinois

When:

April 2000

Ownership:

Narrator's Photo

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Naomi is featured in the book, Outstanding Women in Public Administration, 2004 signifying the contributions of eight women leaders, mentors, and pioneers in Public Administration.

Where:

Unknown

When:

2004

Ownership:

May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator.



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