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A Welcome from the Dean

Gayla Stoner

Education has been a lifelong pursuit of mine. Like many of you, I worked full-time and raised a family while taking evening, weekend, and online courses to complete my education. I want you to know that my role is to support your educational pathway carried out through the teaching and research of our outstanding faculty, as well as the supportive work and service of our staff within Creighton University.

I applaud your commitment to excellence in education and look forward to supporting your student journey at Creighton University.

Most sincerely,

Gayla Stoner, PhD
Dean, College of Professional and Continuing Education


Gayla Stoner, PhD, comes to Creighton from Northern Arizona University, where she served as vice provost and dean for Online and Innovative Educational Initiatives, providing operational and programmatic oversight for innovation, educational partnerships and development across eight colleges, including 22 educational locations within Arizona. She oversaw the eLearning Center, as well as the Educational Partnership team and Personalized Learning (competency-based) programs. Additionally, she founded Northern Arizona’s Office of Continuing Education in 2020.

Previously, Stoner was associate provost at Central Washington University where she oversaw multimodal learning and statewide university centers for “place-bound” students, those who face financial and other hurdles to leaving an immediate geographic area to attend school. She holds PhD and MSEd degrees in workforce education and development from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

Dr. Stoner’s interests include the provision of educational opportunities that help reshape lives through the alignment of real-time and emerging industry needs. Most specifically, she is interested in providing access to high-quality educational programming to adult learners and working professionals, including those who do not believe education is within their reach. 

Throughout Dr. Stoner’s higher education career, she has established collaborations with community, industry and corporate partners that provide opportunities for innovative pathways to education, professional development and lifelong learning.

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Phone: 402.280.1830

College of Professional and Continuing Education
Creighton University
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178

Gayla Stoner, Dean

Colin Dworak, Continuing Education


Laurie Galeski, Sr. Academic Coach


Eric Nordmeyer, Enrollment Specialist