Flynn, Richard B.
Richard B. Flynn was a professor and dean of education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) for thirty years. He began at UNO in 1969 as the first chair of the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER). In 1973, the Department of Women's Physical Education merged with HPER, and Flynn continued as chair of the combined department. He was instrumental in the planning and design of the HPER building. Around 1976, the Department of HPER became the School of HPER, and Flynn continued as director until 1986. From 1986 until 1999, Flynn served as dean of the College of Education. He provided a leadership role in the development of the new College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T), and starting in 1995 he served as assistant to the chancellor and director of IS&T. In 1999, he left UNO to serve briefly as the interim president of Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska. From 1999 until his retirement in 2013, he served as president of Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. He held a B.S. from MacMurray College, M.Ed. from Ohio University, and Ed.D. from Columbia University. He received the UNO Chancellor's Medal Award in 1984.