Educational Leadership Lecturer and former Florida Senator Dr. Evelyn Lynn’s retirement was celebrated with President Hitt, Dean Carroll, and her colleagues and graduates during a gathering at the Morgridge International Reading Center last night.
Her vast career has included serving her constituents in the Florida Senate and Florida House of Representatives and being a Volusia County Schools educator and Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction and Research and Teacher Evaluation.
During the event, Dean Carroll expressed her appreciation for “Dr. Lynn providing our college’s students with her knowledge and experience about putting theory into practice.” She also thanked her for the work she had done for the State of Florida and the legacy that will follow her after retirement.
President Hitt said it was a “great pleasure to help honor a champion for education in Florida” and that her “visionary work made the popular DirectConnect to UCF program possible, helped UCF secure funding for the UCF College of Medicine and our partnership buildings in Central Florida Research Park, and the creation of the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy.”
President Hitt also declared his gratitude for Dr. Lynn’s many efforts to benefit Central Floridians and people throughout our state and is grateful for her many years of continued support and association with UCF.
Dr. Lynn has enjoyed working with President Hitt to help UCF grow.
“I have been impressed with President Hitt,” she said. “He has been absolutely outstanding at managing to get everybody to work together along with making the students happy and UCF one of the largest universities in the country.”
Educational Leadership graduate and Legacy Middle School Principal Dr. Hilary Buckridge enjoyed Dr. Lynn and Dr. Walter Doherty’s Governance, Politics, and Finance in Education course along with visiting the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee with her classmates. She said Dr. Lynn has provided her with invaluable knowledge.
“I learned how the negotiation process happens in Tallahassee in order to get things done on behalf of students. I’m using the lessons that I learned from Dr. Lynn about building relationships with the legislature and allies, working with powerful people, and getting the buy-in of the community in my career.”
Dr. Lynn is looking forward to writing and volunteering to teach reading, and is going to miss our college’s students during her retirement.
She’s proud of our faculty.
“What I liked most about the college was working with the dedicated faculty. They’re committed and work very hard.”
Dr. Lynn has advice for future educators.
“You should always be aware of what’s happening politically and do what you need to do for education. Educators need to get more involved locally and politically and support the people who support education.”