Dr. Eric W. Fulcomer


About Dr. Lynott

Dr. Patricia Lynott began service as president of Rockford University on March 1, 2024, having previously served as the interim president since December 12, 2022. 

Dr. Lynott has combined a successful teaching career with innovative academic leadership in her 35+ years in higher education. She began her career as a communication professor teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in rhetoric, political communication and public speaking. At Elmhurst College, Dr. Lynott served as Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education, and became the founding director of Elmhurst Partners, the college’s corporate training division that provided custom programming to Chicago-area Fortune 500 companies.

At Southern New Hampshire University, she played a critical leadership role in transitioning a small regional business college into a national, multi-faceted university. Dr. Lynott successfully managed the impact of rapid and significant growth that required new business processes and structural reorganization during a period of remarkable transformation. She also served as vice president of academic affairs, provost, and as president of SNHU’s University College.

In addition, Dr. Lynott’s community involvement is extensive. She was a founding member of Manchester Proud, a citizen’s coalition dedicated to uniting the City of Manchester behind an aspirational vision for the city’s public schools. She served on the steering committee of New Hampshire Scholars, a federally funded, community-based program that encourages students to enroll in a rigorous Core Course of Study in high school.

Dr. Lynott was also a member of the New Hampshire Advisory Committee of the US Global Leadership Coalition—a network of businesses and NGOs, national security and foreign policy experts, business, faith-based, academic and community leaders who support elevating diplomacy and development alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world.

Dr. Lynott has served on the board of directors of numerous non-profit organizations as well: the Fulbright Association; Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society; the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce; the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire; America’s Credit Union Museum; and the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester. She is President of the Board of Governors for the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Illinois.

After graduating magna cum laude from Trinity College, Dr. Lynott completed a master’s degree in communication studies from Northern Illinois University. She completed her doctorate at Loyola University Chicago and has a certificate from the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.

About Rockford University
Rockford University is a four-year, co-educational institution founded in 1847 offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in traditional liberal arts and professional fields. The University offers approximately 80 majors, minors and concentrations, including the adult bachelor’s degree completion program for a B.S. in Management Studies. Through its Graduate Studies department, degrees are extended to include the Master’s of Business Administration (MBA), Master’s  of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and a Master’s of Education in Urban Education. Rockford University is home to one of only 11 Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) chapters in Illinois, the most prestigious honor society in the United States. Named by The Princeton Review as a Best Midwestern College and as a US News & World Report as a Best Midwest Regional University,” Rockford University currently serves approximately 1,250 students throughout its diverse program offerings.

A NCAA Division III institution, The university offers 12 intercollegiate varsity teams along with several junior varsity teams and participates in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. Approximately 25 percent of the university’s students participate in at least one intercollegiate sport. For more about Regent Athletics, visit goregents.com.


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5050 E. State Street
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