Creighton University has named Edward “Ed” R. O’Connor, Ph.D., FACHE, its first provost effective July 1, 2013. O’Connor comes from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., where he has served as professor and dean of the School of Health Sciences since 2007. As provost he will be the University’s chief academic officer and will be responsible for the nine schools and colleges, along with Student Life and University Ministry.
“Dr. O’Connor has a wealth of experience and will be an invaluable member of the Creighton community as we invigorate the University in the strategic planning process and further our academic mission,” said Timothy R. Lannon, S. J., Creighton University president.
O’Connor earned his doctorate in pharmacology, toxicology and neuroscience from Albany Medical College in New York in 1992. He also completed the management development program from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2002. He obtained his master’s in business administration in leadership in healthcare at Yale University School of Management. His research experience included the development of a novel method to measure volume changes in monolayer cultures of cells. He has been the recipient of numerous leadership, teaching and research awards.
“I am truly excited about coming to Creighton—a mission-driven University that understands its responsibility to its students and to our society,” O’Connor said. “Creighton helps students develop their talents and inspires them to take those talents into the world to become agents of change wherever needed. As provost, I will give voice to the University’s academic priorities, but I also plan to help generate across the campus ideas and energy grounded in the current and future realities of higher education.”
He has been an active member of a number of national societies including the Association of Schools of Allied Health Programs (ASAHP), American Physiological Society, American Epilepsy Society, and the Society for Neuroscience. He served as the director of Quinnipiac’s National Institute for Community Health Education (NICHE), a forum to educate faculty, students and the public on broad national health issues. O’Connor’s comprehensive academic career has focused on innovative research, teaching/scholarship, service learning through mission orientation, and academic leadership at many levels in higher education.
A provost search committee, comprised of representatives of Creighton students, staff, alumni and the Board of Trustees, spent more than a year in identifying candidates from across the country for this position. The entire Creighton community participated in the finalist evaluation process.