St. Cloud State University Foundation

Lynne Warne '85

College of Liberal Arts

Advancement Committee

Lynne Warne '85 CLALynne and her husband Jeff Warne became small business owners in 2011 when they opened their first Nothing Bundt Cakes bakery in Nashville. They also own an original gourmet burger restaurant called Burger Republic, which debuted in 2012. The Warnes now own three Nothing Bundt Cakes bakeries and four Burger Republic restaurants in the Nashville area. Lynne handles marketing communications for both businesses.

Lynne’s professional career began in 1985 as an intern in the corporate communications department of Honeywell in Minneapolis. She worked in various marketing communications and public relations positions during her 14 years with Honeywell. When her family moved to Dallas in 2000, Lynne was hired as the external communications lead for Vought Aircraft Industries, a position she continued until late 2016. Early in her career, she served on the board of the Minnesota chapter of International Association of Business Communicators. Lynne also spent four years with ARC of Hennepin County and was named their outstanding board member in 1989.

Lynne earned a master’s degree in business communications from the University of St. Thomas in 1991 and a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from St. Cloud State University in 1985.

Lynne (Meany) Warne transferred to St. Cloud State University in 1983 after completing her associate degree at Austin Community College. She moved into Benton-Carol Hall and met student dorm director Jeff Warne within minutes of arrival. As fate would have it, Lynne’s dorm room key didn’t work and so Jeff had to order a new one. When dropping the new key off in Lynne’s mailbox, Jeff left a note saying he noticed she was not at their dorm’s ice cream social (missed due to a night class), and mentioned there were left overs. Never one to turn down ice cream, Lynne took him up on the offer. Romance ensued and the two were married in 1986.

During Lynne’s time on campus at SCSU, she had a work study job in the Sports Information department, wrote for the student newspaper, worked as an attendant in one of the paid parking lots, and served as a Resident Advisor for Sherburne Hall her senior year. She is deeply honored to this day of being named the 1984 Homecoming Queen, representing Sherburne Hall.

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