Creighton University law professor and former vice president for Academic Affairs, Patrick J. Borchers, J.D., has been named director of the Werner Institute in the School of Law effective July 1, 2013.
The Werner Institute was established in 2005, by the Werner family including alumna Gail Werner Robertson, to be a leader in advancing the field of conflict resolution, supporting the mission of Creighton University and building a bridge between conflict resolution and the issues faced by people in an increasingly complex world. Borchers was instrumental in establishing the Institute during his tenure as law dean.
Borchers served as vice president for Academic Affairs for five years and law dean for eight years. As the vice president, Borchers transformed the academic administrative team and made improvements in the total enrollment and revenue in Academic Affairs. He also led the development of several innovative academic programs. Borchers is also noted as being an advocate for all things Creighton including the connection to the Catholic, Jesuit mission—as an administrator, scholar, and teacher.
He received his law degree from the University of California, Davis, in 1986. In 1983 he earned a bachelor of science degree in physics from Notre Dame, where he was a Rhodes Scholar nominee. Borchers is the author of seven books and more than 50 law review articles. He serves on the board for V.J. & Angela Skutt Catholic High School.