Message from the President

Message from the President

More than 1,700 Creighton graduates received degrees during commencement ceremonies in May, and we wish them well as they pursue professional careers, volunteer opportunities, and post-graduate education.

This annual academic tradition is a good reminder to us all of the importance of remaining lifelong learners. Being engaged in learning is a journey that allows us to uncover more about ourselves, our relationship with others and with God, and our purpose in the world.

On a personal level, I have enjoyed a wonderful journey of my own in my first year as president of Creighton University. Like the academic journey of our students, this inaugural year has been informative, challenging, and uplifting — with more than a few late nights and plenty of memorable experiences.

I appreciate the warm welcome that I have received from the extended Creighton community. In my time with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the University, I am convinced more than ever that Creighton University is a special place, and I am excited about what the future holds for us.

As a university, and through discussions within individual departments and units, we have undertaken an all-campus Area Examen, modeled after the Jesuit process for discernment, to consider institutional initiatives that will continue to propel us forward and enhance Creighton’s mission.

One initiative, which I announced during my inauguration ceremony, that I believe holds particular promise for the University is our new Creighton Global Initiative, or CGI.

In April, I announced that more than 30 projects were chosen for an initial $1.5 million in seed funding. These include immersion opportunities, research programs, lectures, and scholarships, just to name a few.

This global experience will build upon our current international outreach and education. I am excited for the opportunities it will offer our students to experience different customs and cultures and to gain new perspectives that will allow them to bring fresh ideas to critical issues both globally and in their own communities.

This spring, I also announced the formation of the President’s Advisory Council on Sustainability and the Presidential Diversity Commission, to guide and inform our actions and planning in these priority areas. I am hopeful for the recommendations they will offer.

Finally, our Board of Trustees recently approved the appointments of several new lay and Jesuit members to the Board. We welcome the leadership, guidance, and enthusiasm these new members will bring to the Board and Creighton University.

Please enjoy this issue of Creighton University Magazine. I pray that you and your families have a wonderful summer.

Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, S.J.