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2016 Believe and Achieve Award bestowed upon alumna Melissa Kean, Ph.D.

Melissa Kean, Ph.D.A Creighton University alumna and the Centennial Historian of Rice University has been named the winner of the 2016 Believe and Achieve Award, presented at the Leader for Life Luncheon in May.

Melissa Kean, Ph.D., earned a master’s degree in history from Creighton in 1993. She also holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Rice and a law degree from the University of Iowa. She has held the position of Centennial Historian at Rice since 2005, publishing several articles and a book on elements of Rice’s history.

An integral member of the Creighton Board of Trustees from 2011 to 2015, Kean served on the Board’s Athletics Committee, was a significant contributor to the Schlegel Center for Service and Justice and was also instrumental in a number of capital projects and scholarship initiatives, including the Leaders for Life athletic scholarship. In April 2015, Kean was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Nebraska Beta Chapter, at Creighton.

Kean is a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Policy, the Advisory Board of the College of Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University, and Creighton’s National Alumni Board, for which she served as president in 2009.

“Dr. Kean is a consummate scholar and researcher who has made a number of important contributions to higher education at Creighton and other esteemed institutions,” said Brandy Menaugh, Senior Woman Administrator for Creighton Athletics and one of those nominating Kean for the honor. “Her leadership has helped Creighton student-athletes realize their academic and athletic goals and has also served as inspiration for many women looking to make a difference in their chosen career field.”

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