Dr. Richard B. Flynn '64
While at MacMurray, I received an excellent education, combined with a useful administrative leadership work experience and had the opportunity to participate in intercollegiate athletics and other co-curricular activities as well. Much of my life's work has been directed toward leadership and administration, and my time at MacMurray served me well in these areas. My experiences there allowed me to develop sound time management skills and a strong work ethic. The faculty and staff helped reinforce growth by continually challenging us in and out of the classroom. MacMurray's small college setting offered all students a multitude of leadership opportunities. I was always impressed by how the faculty and staff were so well-suited for, and committed to, a small college environment and were so student-oriented.
Dr. Flynn and his wife, Jani Koopman Flynn, are 1964 graduates of MacMurray College. Dr. Flynn, also a member of MacMurray's Athletic Hall of Fame, earned his master's degree from Ohio University in 1965 and received his doctorate in education from Columbia University in 1970. He also received an honorary doctor of education degree from MacMurray in 2004.
Since 1999, Dr. Flynn has served as the 12th president of Springfield College (Springfield, Massachusetts) where he's worked to position the school as the preeminent institution educating students in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to humanity. During his tenure, the college has been named one of the 15 Most Influential Sports Education "Teams" in America by The Institute for International Sport; received the highly-coveted Jostens/NADIIIAA Community Service Top "Award of Merit"; and was recently recognized with an Exemplary Employer Award of the Governor's Commission on Employment of People with Disabilities. Springfield College is internationally renowned as the birthplace of basketball and has ties to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, where Dr. Flynn serves as a trustee.
He is the author of four books, several book chapters, and more than three dozen articles on a wide range of topics. He is the recipient of numerous national and international awards, which include the President's Award of the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators Region 1; Outstanding Educational Leadership Award of Phi Delta Kappa; the title of "Honored Professor" from South China Normal and East China Normal Universities; the Chancellor's Medal of the University of Nebraska at Omaha; the Service Award of Optimistic International; and a Distinguished Alumnus Award at MacMurray College.
Prior to assuming the presidency of Springfield College, Dr. Flynn served the State of Nebraska and its higher education system for 30 years, including as interim president of Peru State College and, at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, as a faculty member; Director of the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation; special assistant to the Chancellor/Director of Information Science and Technology; and dean of the College of Education.