Waite to Receive Creighton’s Highest Alumni Award
Creighton University will present its highest alumni award, the Alumni Achievement Citation, to Donald L. Waite during the University’s spring commencement ceremony at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, at the Qwest Center Omaha.
Waite earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Creighton in 1954, joining several family members who are also graduates, and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. For more than 50 years, he pursued a highly successful business career, serving as chief financial officer at several high-technology companies. He did so while continuing his involvement in numerous community activities and championing faith-based education, projects and activities.
A long-time friend and supporter of the University, in 2001, he and his wife Anna established the Anna Tyler Waite Center for Leadership and the Waite Scholarship Fund in Creighton’s College of Business. The Waite Center offers leadership immersion during a four-year business course of study. This fall, the University will inaugurate the Donald and Anna Waite Endowed Chair in Jesuit Education, which will support bringing Jesuit scholars and teachers to Creighton University. Waite also received Creighton University’s College of Business Alumni Merit Award in 1997, the highest alumni award given by a particular school or college.
Waite began his career with Arthur Anderson before working 12 years with Bell & Howell, where he rose to the ranks of vice president and chief financial officer (CFO). He joined Seagate Technology as vice president and CFO in 1983 and helped build the company into the world’s largest disc-drive manufacturer. Waite retired as Seagate’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer in 2004 and now serves as a business consultant to the company.
The Creighton Alumni Achievement Citation is given to outstanding alumni who represent the entire University. Recipients must be degreed alumni of Creighton, have provided distinguished service to the University or their communities that clearly exemplifies the University credo, and exhibit personal qualities that indicate high moral principles guided by the Jesuit ideal of being men and women for others.