Board of Trustees Appoints New Members

Board of Trustees Appoints New Members

The Creighton University Board of Trustees recently approved the appointments of three Jesuit and seven lay members to the Board. Their terms will begin at the Board meeting in September.

“As alumni and friends of the University, the new appointees not only share a commitment to our Jesuit and Catholic mission, but they represent an impressive and impassioned range of professional and civic expertise and involvement in areas as diverse as philosophy, global engagement, communications, finance and leadership in the Society of Jesus,” said Creighton University President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, S.J.

The new Jesuit trustees are:


  • Rev. Casey Beaumier, S.J., Ph.D., director of the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College, who taught Church history and New Testament at Creighton from 2005 to 2006.

  • Rev. Joseph Daoust, S.J., superior of the Jesuit community on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota; former general counselor to the Jesuit superior general in Rome; and former president of the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (Calif.).

  • Rev. Gerald Thomas (Tom) Krettek, S.J., Ph.D., associate visiting professor, director of the Master of Arts in Philosophical Resources program and director of the Jesuit First Studies Program at Fordham University; former provincial superior for the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus; and former philosophy faculty member at Creighton (1989-2000).


The new lay trustees are:


  • Thomas Barry, BSBA’88, senior vice president, controller and chief accounting officer for Sirius XM Holdings, Inc., in New York.
  • Jerry Crouse, vice chairman of Tenaska Energy, Inc., and CEO of Tenaska, Inc., one of the leading independent power producers in the U.S.
  • Chris Elias, BS’79, MD’83, HON’09, president of global development for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Nizar (Nick) Ghoussaini, BS’75, MS’76, a senior operational partner for Triton, a private equity firm with offices in London, Frankfurt and Stockholm.
  • Susan Nemer Haddix, trustee for GFH and SAH Foundation Trust, and longtime volunteer and board member for nonprofit and educational institutions.
  • Jayme Martin, BSBA’92, vice president and general manager of global categories for Nike, Inc.

  • Gary Witt, consulting director and former president and managing shareholder of Lutz, an Omaha-based accounting, technology and talent service firm.


In addition, the Board has approved the appointment of Eric Immel, S.J., to the new role of associate trustee. He is a Jesuit scholastic who will serve at Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago this fall as assistant dean for student success.