Message from the President

Message from the President

We warmly welcome our latest Creighton University alumni, the class of 2017. Looking out at the graduates assembled at our May commencement ceremonies, I felt hopeful and excited for their — and our — futures.

As they begin careers across professions and geographic locations, I am confident that Creighton has uniquely prepared these graduates with the leadership, critical-thinking, and ethical skills necessary to meet the opportunities and challenges of our ever-changing, increasingly globalized world.

The commencement address delivered by Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, co-founder of Partners In Health, was thoughtful, poignant, and well-received. His work on global health care disparities is congruent with Creighton’s mission, and I was pleased that he highlighted personal friends and Creighton alumni Jason Beste, BS’03, MD’08, and his wife, Sara (Franzen) Beste, MD’09, for their work in this area.

This May, we graduated our first cohort of 10 students from our new Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. This innovative program, which includes hands-on research, prepares undergraduates for careers in this fast-growing field or for continued studies in health-related graduate and professional programs.

Our students continue to find success in the prestigious Fulbright and Goldwater scholarship programs. This spring, Arts and Sciences junior Kathleen Marinelli earned a Goldwater award — our 20th in the last 13 years — while two other students received honorable mention. May Arts and Sciences graduate Peter Goeckner was named a Fulbright scholar — Creighton’s 15th in the last 12 years — and is currently teaching English in South Korea.

Undergraduate admissions projects a healthy freshman enrollment for this fall, perhaps our largest class ever. Within our health sciences programs, we are expanding our relationship with Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. A Creighton campus was established there in 2009 for third- and fourth-year medical students. Beginning in January 2018, we will begin offering select nursing programs there, as well. This partnership not only provides opportunities for our students, but it addresses a critical need for additional health care providers in the Southwest.  

This spring, we announced 15 new projects that will receive $1 million in seed funding through the Creighton Global Initiative (CGI). In its second year, CGI continues to animate our community through important themes of global learning. We also announced the selection of our new provost, Tom Murray, PhD. Murray, who had been serving in the interim role, brings more than 35 years of academic experience to the position, including the past 11 years at Creighton, most recently as associate vice provost for research and scholarship.

Finally, six Creighton athletic teams earned Public Recognition Awards in the NCAA’s most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR). Congratulations to these outstanding student-athletes.  

Please enjoy this issue of Creighton University Magazine, and best wishes for a fruitful and restful summer. As always, you are in my prayers.

Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ