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Fr. Schlegel Delivers Convocation Address

Convocation Address: This is Creighton's Moment

“The building blocks are in place to craft Creighton’s future,” Creighton President the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J., told those gathered for his annual Convocation address on Tuesday, Feb. 13, in the Rigge Science Lecture Hall. The event was part of Founders Week at the University.

Fr. Schlegel said that student enrollment is at historic levels; the University is fiscally healthy, with the endowment surpassing $425 million; and the campus is expanding, with new facilities like the Hixson-Lied Science Building, Opus Hall and Davis Square junior/senior town homes, and Morrison Stadium.

He emphasized that Creighton remains committed to its Jesuit, Catholic identity. "We are, indeed, the region's premiere Catholic University," he told the assemblage.

He explained that the current accreditation review through the Higher Learning Commission, which the University undertakes every 10 years, has helped Creighton focus on its opportunities and challenges.

"The University has a pretty good idea where we stand, where our strengths and weaknesses reside and a sense of how to advance the institution,” Fr. Schlegel said.

He then focused on seven issues and opportunities, centering on students, access and affordability, the financial health of the institution, technology security, graduate education, health sciences and THE CAMPAIGN FOR CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY.

“This is the time for Creighton University to demonstrate its standing as one of the finest Jesuit, Catholic universities in the U.S. and to secure the achievement of our vision, by all measures,” Fr. Schlegel concluded.

“This is the Creighton moment. It is up to you! It is up to me. It is up to us … to give that moment life.”

Posted: 2/14/07