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Naomi B. Lynn

Born: Apr 16, 1933

Birthplace: New York

Nationality: United States

Naomi B. Lynn

Date of Birth : Apr 16, 1933
Birth Place : New York

Naomi Burgos Lynn was the first Hispanic woman president of an American public university. She served as President of Sangamon State University in Springfield, Illinois, beginning in 1991 and through its entrance into the University of Illinois system as the University of Illinois at Springfield. She retired as Chancellor of UIS in 2001. At her retirement the Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair for Lincoln Studies was created at the University of Illinois at Springfield, where Dr. Phillip Paludan served as its first recipient. Born in New York in 1933, Naomi Burgos was the daughter of Puerto Rican parents. Her sister, Ruth Burgos Sasscer, also became a university president, leading a community college in San Antonio, Texas. Naomi attended Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee, where she met Robert Athan Lynn, whom she married in 1954. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Kansas and went on to become a Professor of Political Science, and then Department Head, at Kansas State University. She was also on the Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Review Commission.

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