LYNN Mosher Bushnell is vice president of public affairs at Quinnipiac University, a private, coeducational university with 5,900 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students in Hamden, Connecticut which is consistently ranked among the best universities by U.S. News & World Report.
Bushnell has been vice president for public affairs since 1996 and has been with Quinnipiac since 1994. She oversees the university’s renowned Polling Institute, public relations, media relations, special events, publications, the website and commercial radio station AM 1220 WQUN.
Bushnell earned a master’s degree in New England studies from the University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University.
Bushnell is editor of Celebrating 250 Years of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Quinnipiac University Press, 2011), the definitive account of the storied event. With her painstaking original research conducted at museums and libraries in New York City and at the Library of Congress over a two-year period, Bushnell uncovered hundreds of extraordinary photographs dating back to the early 1800s, many of which are extremely rare and have not been seen publicly for decades. The book is widely available through major bookstores and online.
Bushnell continues to work with the Lender family special collection of sculptures, paints, prints, books and other artifacts devoted to the Irish Famine period 1845-1851. First opened to the public in 2000, it is currently on view in a specially designated room on campus named for its key supporters. In 2010, Bushnell was instrumental in bringing the collection to the Consulate General of Ireland in New York, where it was enthusiastically received.
Bushnell is also responsible for oversight of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac, where the collection will be on permanent view and available to scholars, researchers and academic programs. The institute is currently in development and slated to open in 2012.
Bushnell is planning her first trip to Ireland and several of the Famine memorials later this summer.
She and her husband Donald have three children, Katherine, Rebecca and Stephen.
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