Convocation Address: 'Creighton Poised for an Exciting Future'

Convocation Address: ‘Creighton Poised for an Exciting Future’

Like all institutions of higher learning, Creighton University is immersed in an era of challenge but is well equipped to prosper as the century advances, Creighton President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD, told faculty and staff at the annual Founders Day Awards Ceremony and Convocation Address in February.

“I feel that we are very poised for an exciting future, but we do have to make some big decisions about this future,” Fr. Hendrickson said.

That future, he said, will be closely tied to Creighton’s ongoing construction of a $100 million medical school and health sciences campus in Phoenix. Scheduled to open in 2021, the Creighton University Health Sciences – Phoenix Campus will eventually serve nearly 900 Creighton students in nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy and physician assistant programs, as well as students in a four-year medical program.

Fr. Hendrickson also announced that a task force is identifying ways to increase Creighton’s already strong freshman retention rate, as well as the six-year graduation rate and enrollment in Creighton’s professional schools.

Outreach will continue to nontraditional learners interested in pursuing lifelong learning, Fr. Hendrickson said. Many options are open to Creighton in these areas, he said, including clinical partnerships in Omaha and Phoenix, corporate partnerships and programs for alumni.

Fr. Hendrickson shared future plans under consideration: construction of a new suite-style residence hall between McGloin Hall and the School of Dentistry and a wholesale reimagining of 24th Street where it dissects campus between Cass and Cuming streets. The street, integral to Creighton’s identity, could be improved and made safer, he said, by the installation of bicycle lanes, trees, a redesign of Deglman Circle and installation of a roundabout near Cass Street.