The Waite Chair

The Anna & Donald Waite Chair in Jesuit Education

Faculty and Staff
Creighton University
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178

Dear Faculty and Staff,

As chair of the nominations committee, I am requesting faculty and staff of Creighton University names of Jesuits qualified to fill the Anna & Donald Waite Chair in Jesuit Education. This chair was established by Don and Anna Waite in order to bring qualified Jesuit scholars and teachers to Creighton University. It will be inaugurated in the Fall Semester, 2009 when Fr. Frank Brennan, S.J., an Australian Jesuit lawyer and aboriginal rights specialist comes to the Law School. Fr. Brennan, S.J. is adjunct fellow in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University, professor of law in the Institute of Legal Studies at the Australian Catholic University, and professor of human rights and social justice at the University of Notre Dame Australia.

A university-wide committee made up of members from each school and a small number of Jesuits will evaluate the qualifications of each candidate and create a list of names to continue on through the selection process. That list will be sent to the president and he, along with the Waite family, will make the final selection of Jesuits to whom we will offer the chair.

We are looking for Jesuit candidates with established University academic credentials from institutions other than Creighton. There will be other opportunities to invite Jesuits with pastoral qualifications.

Fr. Raymond Bucko, S.J. is coordinating this effort. Please send him the name of the Jesuit you wish to nominate, his current institutional affiliation, his academic discipline and a short paragraph on why you feel he would be a suitable candidate for the Waite chair.

I will send out invitations to multiple candidates as we hope to keep the chair filled in the upcoming years so please feel free to make more than one nomination.

Thank you for your assistance in this process.

Fr. Roc O’Connor, S.J.
Rector, Jesuit Community at Creighton University

Please send nominations to Fr. Roc O’Connor (