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Creighton Board of Directors Names Leadership; New Members

At its summer meeting the Creighton University Board of Directors named a new chair and vice chair and elected new members.

Bruce C. Rohde, BSBA’71, JD’73, Omaha, will serve as chair of the Board of Directors, succeeding William A. Fitzgerald, BSBA’59, Omaha, who will remain on the Board where he has served for 38 years.

Rohde is the retired chairman and CEO of ConAgra Foods, Inc., where he served in multiple leaderships roles since 1984. He is currently the Managing Partner of Romar Capital Group and serves on numerous professional and community boards. Rohde holds many court admissions (a privilege to practice in the court) and is a member of the American Bar Association, the Nebraska Bar Association and the Nebraska Society of CPA’s.

The new vice chair of the Board is Richard T. Kizer, BSBA’71, JD’73. Kizer is chairman, Central States Health and Life Company, where he has held numerous executive positions since 1985. He was elected chair in 1999. He has served on the Board of Directors and executive committees of the Health Insurance Association of American and America’s Health Insurance Plans and has held board positions with numerous educational institutions, organizations and legal associations.

Other newly elected Board members include Melissa Kean, MA’93, Houston; William Leahy, S.J., Boston College; and James O’Brien, BSPha’71, Omaha.

Kean was a member of National Alumni Board since May of 2007 and served as its president from July 2009 until June 30, 2011. She was appointed Centennial Historian at Rice University in 2004. She holds five degrees including four in history and is an author. A scholar of the history of American education, she is currently writing a history of Rice.

Fr. Leahy is the President of Boston College, a position he has held since 1996. He had previously served as a faculty member at Marquette University before being named executive vice president in 1991. A graduate of St. Louis University, he holds master’s degrees from St. Louis and the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif., and a doctorate from Stanford University. A scholar of American history, Fr. Leahy is the author of the book “Adapting to America: Catholics, Jesuits and Higher Education in the Twentieth Century.”

O’Brien was elected president of the NAB this spring and will serve a two-year term. An owner or co-owner of several investment properties in Omaha, he has also held leadership positions in several other businesses. His community involvement has included serving on local boards and committees in Omaha.