Creighton University President to be Honored as Distinguished Eagle Scout
Creighton University President, the Rev. John P. Schlegel S.J., will be honored with the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award at the Boy Scouts Mid-America Council’s 37th Annual Citizen of the Year Luncheon on Tuesday, June 26, at the Holiday Inn Central, 72nd and Grover Streets.
Only one in every thousand Eagle Scouts becomes a Distinguished Eagle Scout. Fr. Schlegel is one of three priests in recent history to receive the award.
Schlegel serves as chair of the Boy Scouts Mid-America Council and has been on the board of trustees since 2001, giving countless hours to the scouting program. The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, requires at least 25 years of service to the scouts after becoming a scout. Recipients must also demonstrate “significant accomplishment in one’s career and a solid record of continued community volunteer involvement.
Born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa, Schlegel entered the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus in 1963. He was ordained into the priesthood in 1973 and holds bachelors and masters of arts from St. Louis University, a bachelors in divinity in Theology from the University of London, and a doctorate in International Relations from Oxford University.
Schlegel became Creighton University’s twenty-third president in August 2000, following nine years as president of the University of San Francisco. He is a member of numerous international, national and local boards of directors, executive committees and associations.