Creighton University has announced the appointment of two critical academic leadership positions after an extensive search process over most of the academic year. Eileen Burke-Sullivan, S.T.D, will serve as the inaugural vice provost for University Mission and Ministry and Tanya Winegard, Ph.D., vice provost for Student Life. Both were internal candidates and will begin their new positions on July 1, 2014.
“Both women emerged as top contenders from a national pool of applicants. Their leadership acumen, considerable talents and expertise—as well as the insights they can offer—will be pivotal to the success of the University,” said Ed O’Connor, Ph. D., Creighton University’s provost.
Burke-Sullivan, holder of the Barbara Reardon Heaney Endowed Chair in Pastoral Liturgical Theology and associate professor of theology in the College of Arts and Sciences, joined Creighton as a full-time faculty member in 2003. The Creighton alumna also directs the Master of Arts in Ministry program and is associate director of the Master of Christian Spirituality program.
Renowned for her work in pastoral ministry and liturgy as well as her leadership in higher education, she has been a member of the Advisory Board of the National Ignatian Colleagues Program that helps in the formation of administrators and faculty in the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities across the nation. She has been the coordinating sponsor for the Celebration of the Legacy of Vatican II series of lectures and conferences, and has spoken broadly on liturgy, Vatican II and, most recently, the Ecclesiology of Pope Francis.
Burke-Sullivan has written extensively in pastoral journals and online and has co-authored the book, The Ignatian Tradition. She is working on a new book on the Second Vatican Council.
She earned her pontifical degrees in the field of Ecclesiology (theology of the Church) at Weston Jesuit School of Theology (now Boston College School of Theology and Ministry). She has a master’s degree in music in vocal and choral performance from the University of Colorado College Of Music and a master’s in theology in spirituality from Creighton.
Winegard first came to Creighton in 1997 as the student activities coordinator and assumed progressively greater leadership roles in Student Life, including associate vice president for Student Life from 2010 to 2012. Since June 2012, Winegard has been the associate vice president for Equity and Inclusion, being responsible for promoting prevention education, advocacy, consultation and resources for the campus on such issues as harassment, discrimination and sexual violence.
She also teaches courses in administrative policy and leadership and during her prior tenure in Student Life helped to create the Creighton EDGE program, the University Responder on Call, chaired the all-University Crisis Committee and led the division’s strategic planning efforts. A passionate advocate for the recognition of and achievement by women, she received the University’s Mary Lucretia and Sarah Emily Creighton Award in 2012,the St. Ignatius Award in 2010 and was inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society, in 2002. She also serves on numerous community and University committees.
Winegard holds a bachelor’s in political science and psychology and a master’s in student development in postsecondary education from the University of Iowa. Her doctorate of philosophy is in higher education and administration is from the University of Nebraska.