Fr. Hendrickson Reflects on the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Fr. Hendrickson Reflects on the 2016-2017 Academic Year

In a wide-ranging interview following his second year as president of Creighton University, the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, highlighted memorable moments and events that shaped the 2016-2017 academic year.

“I would say one of the benchmarks of the year was the sale of our hospital,” Fr. Hendrickson said. CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center at 30th and California streets was vacated in June — making way for apartments and retail shops — as CHI Health and Creighton opened medical campuses at Bergan Mercy Medical Center and a new facility at 24th and Cuming streets.

Fr. Hendrickson said he was excited about the new approach to interprofessional health education and collaborative care being pioneered at the new University Campus clinic at 24th and Cuming.

He also discussed high-profile challenges of the past year, and how the University has used those occasions to address and seek positive solutions to some difficult issues.

He also spoke about Creighton being recognized for undergraduate research, the College of Nursing joining the School of Medicine with programs in Phoenix, the first graduating class of the neuroscience bachelor’s program, the number of internships and externships the University offers students, and its latest Goldwater and Fulbright student scholars.

A president’s panel on race relations, which attracted a capacity crowd to the Hixson-Lied Auditorium in the Harper Center; the awarding of a scholarship to a Creighton Prep High School student whose parents had been deported years earlier; and the announcement of a new round of funding for Creighton Global Initiative projects also were special moments of the past academic year, he said.

Watch the Interview with Fr. Hendrickson