Four Join Creighton University Board of Directors
On Dec. 4, 2006, the Creighton University Board of Directors elected four new board members. They are W. Gary Gates, president and CEO, Omaha Public Power District; Deborah A. Macdonald, vice president, Kinder Morgan, Inc., Houston; Michael R. McCarthy, chairman, McCarthy Group, Inc.; and Jane Miller, chief operating officer, The Gallup Organization.
W. Gary Gates began his career with OPPD in 1972, working extensively in the nuclear operations organization of the energy company. He became president and CEO in January 2004. Gates participates in numerous local and industry boards including the World Association of Nuclear Operators, Knights of Aksarben, Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, United Way of the Midlands and more. Along with a bachelorís and masterís degree in industrial engineering, Gates holds a masterís degree in business administration from Creighton University.
Deborah Macdonald serves as vice president of Kinder Morgan, Inc., (KMI) after holding numerous executive positions for more than 20 years in the energy industry. In her current position, she is responsible for supervising the development and construction of the Rockies Express Pipeline, the largest natural gas pipeline proposed in North America in the last 25 years. She joined KMI in October 1999 as president of the Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America, KMIís largest subsidiary. She also was the first woman appointed president of a major natural gas pipeline.
Macdonald supports many Houston philanthropies especially those who serve children and families. She is a native Omahan with strong ties to the city visiting her family and friends often. She received her bachelorís and law degrees from Creighton University and was recipient of the Universityís School of Law Alumni Merit Award in 2005.
Michael R. McCarthy serves as chairman of McCarthy Group, Inc., a merchant banking firm headquartered in Omaha. He has held that position since 1986. He is also very active on corporate boards and in community groups, serving on the corporate boards of Cabelaís Inc., Peter Kiewit Sonsí, Inc., HDR, Inc., as well as Streck, Inc., Heritages Services, and the Omaha Community Foundation, amongst others. He was inducted into the Omaha Business Hall of Fame and serves as a member of the USSTRATCOM Committee.
Jane Miller is the chief operating officer and executive vice president of The Gallup Organization. She joined Gallup, which is responsible for management research, education and consulting services to many of the worldís best-known corporations and organizations, in 1980. Under her leadership, Gallupís operational headquarters moved three years ago to its new campus along Omahaís riverfront. Miller serves on many local boards including Childrenís Hospital, Knights of Aksarben, Omaha Symphony, and Boys Scouts of America as well as the University of Nebraska Medical Centerís Science of Research Board.