Creighton Welcomes New Board Members, Honors Trustees Emeriti

Creighton Welcomes New Board Members, Honors Trustees Emeriti

During its spring meeting, the Creighton University Board of Trustees elected four new Board members and recognized four trustees emeriti. The new trustees, all Creighton alumni, are leaders in business, science and health care, each with a dedication to service in their respective communities.

Creighton’s new trustees are:

James Blackledge, MBA’98, president and chief executive officer of Mutual of Omaha.

Ryan Zabrowski, BSBA’01, past president of the National Alumni Board, and a partner at Investor Realty Inc. He also served as president of the Creighton Students Union from 1998 to 2000.

William Roe, BS’76, recently retired as president and CEO of Coskata Inc., a renewable energy company based out of Warrenville, Illinois. He is the holder of 13 patents.

Nancy Lakier, BSN’75, founder and CEO of Novia Strategies and Novia Solutions, a health care consulting firm based in Poway, California. She currently serves as president of the National Alumni Board.

Creighton’s trustees emeriti, departing members who are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Board, are:

Bruce Rohde, BSBA’71, JD’73, has served on the Board of Trustees since 1989 with tenures as Board vice chair from 2000 to 2011 and as Board chairman from 2011 to 2015. He also served as chair of the Willing to Lead Campaign Steering Committee. He has a long and distinguished professional career, highlighted by his tenure with ConAgra Inc., where he served as the company’s general counsel, president, vice chairman, chairman and chief executive officer, retiring in 2005 as chairman and CEO emeritus.

Daniel Neary has served on the Board of Trustees since 2003 and earned the Presidential Medallion in 2009. He retired as CEO of Mutual of Omaha in 2015 but continues to serve as the company’s chairman.

Mimi Feller, BA’70, JD, has served on the Board of Trustees since 1993. Feller held several positions in the public sector, including work as legislative assistant and then chief-of-staff for U.S. Sen. John Chafee of Rhode Island. She is a past national board president of CASA, Court-Appointed Special Advocates for abused and neglected children. Feller also served on the boards of the Media Institute and Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. She retired from the Gannett Company Inc. in 2003, after serving first as vice president of government relations, then as senior vice president of public affairs and government relations.

Floyd Malveaux, BS’61, MD, PhD, has served on the Board of Trustees since 1997. He serves as emeritus dean at Howard University and was a professor at the Howard University College of Medicine and the Howard University College of Dentistry. He also served the District of Columbia Public Schools as coordinator of its science program.