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Creighton Announces New Leadership Position to Support Key Health Care Strategic Directions

Creighton Announces New Leadership Position to Support Key Health Care Strategic Directions

The Rev. John P. Schlegel, S. J., Creighton University president, announced today that he will broaden his health sciences senior leadership team to focus on health care strategic directions critical to the University.

Steven W. Friedrichsen, D.D.S., dean of the University’s School of Dentistry, will become Creighton’s first special assistant to the president for health care strategy. The appointment is effective Oct. 5.

Creighton’s health sciences leadership believes Dr. Friedrichsen has the experience and expertise to move Creighton to the forefront and further the University’s expanding vision across all of its health professions — medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy and occupational and physical therapy — to provide quality patient care, educate health care professionals for society and contribute to new research and innovation, said Donald Frey, M.D., vice president for health sciences.

“I am honored to accept this appointment,” Friedrichsen said, “and I am pleased with the president’s confidence in me. Educational institutions need to have sound strategic planning and increased agility to prepare students in the delivery of health care that meets our country’s current and ongoing needs.”

For over four years, Friedrichsen has demonstrated strong leadership as dean of the Creighton School of Dentistry, Frey noted.

“The School of Dentistry’s strategic plan, entitled the Strategic Pathways Initiative, supports both curricular change and future facilities and infrastructure planning. Dr. Friedrichsen has also been instrumental in recruiting exceptional faculty and overseeing curriculum changes in support of the Pathways,” he said.

Under Friedrichsen, the School of Dentistry has implemented critical new programming, including electronic dental record keeping, a digital radiography system, and a patient- assessment process that supports delivery of comprehensive and quality dental care for patients. Creighton dental graduates continue to perform well on National Boards and licensing exams.

“I am pleased that Dr. Friedrichsen has agreed to this leadership appointment to take our health sciences schools to a new level,” Frey said. “His expertise and work with the School of Dentistry make him ideally suited to focus on Creighton’s health care strategic initiatives. This change will better balance and align all of our health sciences schools’ strategic initiatives and allow for planning and business development to occur in a coordinated manner.”

Frey has named Wayne Barkmeier, D.D.S., as dean for the School of Dentistry. Barkmeier served as dean from 1994 to 2005. He is extensively involved in biomaterials research and clinical evaluation of restorative dental materials. His experience and understanding of the dental school’s curriculum and alumni interest will assure the school’s continued success, Frey said.

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