Board of Trustee Scott Lynch '85 named interim president, CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

Scott LynchThe Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) board of trustees announced that Mount Mercy University Board of Trustee Scott B. Lynch has been unanimously elected to serve as the company’s interim president and chief executive officer.

A native of Cedar Rapids, Lynch had previously served as senior vice president and chief legal officer of Blue Cross. Lynch previously served as an attorney with the Minneapolis law firm of Oppenheimer, Wolff and Donnelly and subsequently held executive positions with Prime Therapeutics LLC and Novartis Corporation.

In addition to his duties for Blue Cross and his role on the board at Mount Mercy, Lynch also serves on the board of directors of Dakota Woodlands, and the board of directors of Memorial Blood Centers, where he also chairs the Human Resources committee. Lynch is a 1985 graduate of Mount Mercy and received his juris doctorate from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles in 1990. He is licensed to practice law in Minnesota and California.

“I am grateful to the board of trustees for entrusting me with this position, and I look forward to leading the company and addressing the challenges that lie ahead, particularly in terms of health care access and affordability,” said Lynch.

“Blue Cross of Minnesota is the largest health plan in Minnesota and is respected for its non-profit mission, values and the innovation we bring to improving health services for our 2.7 million insured members,” said Vance Opperman, chair of the Blue Cross board of trustees.  “The board concluded we needed a new direction in our CEO to lead this outstanding organization while leveraging the strengths of our dedicated employees in providing the highly valued health products and services that are so important to our members.”

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, with headquarters in the St. Paul suburb of Eagan, was chartered in 1933 as Minnesota’s first health plan and continues to carry out its charter mission today as a health company: to promote a wider, more economical and timely availability of health services for the people of Minnesota.

For more information on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, please contact David Fieder at 651.662.2871 or

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