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Creighton announces new Trustees, recognizes longtime servants as Trustees Emeriti

During its recent spring meeting, the Creighton University Board of Trustees elected four new board members and recognized four trustees emeriti. The new trustees, all Creighton alumni, are leaders in business, science and health care, each with a dedication to service in their respective communities.

Creighton’s new trustees are:

James T. Blackledge, MBA’98, is president and chief executive officer of Mutual of Omaha.

Ryan Zabrowski, BSBA’01, is past president of the National Alumni Board, and a partner at Investor Realty Inc. He also served as president of Creighton Students Union from 1998 to 2000.

William J. Roe, BS’76, is recently retired as president and CEO of Coskata Inc., a renewable energy company based out of Warrenville, Illinois. He is the holder of 13 patents.

Nancy Lakier, BSN’75, is founder and CEO of Novia Strategies, a health care consulting firm based in Poway, California. She currently serves as president of the National Alumni Board.

Creighton’s Trustees Emeriti, who are departing the Board and who are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Board are:

Bruce Rohde, BSBA’71, JD’73, has served on the Board of Trustees since 1989 with tenures as Board vice chair from 2000 to 2011 and as Board chairman from 2011 to 2015. He has a long and distinguished professional career, highlighted by his tenure with ConAgra, Inc., where he served as the company’s general counsel, president, vice chairman, chairman, and chief executive officer, retiring in 2005 as chairman and CEO emeritus.

Daniel P. Neary has served on the Board of Trustees since 2003 and earned the Presidential Medallion in 2009. He retired as CEO of Mutual of Omaha in 2015 but continues to serve as the company’s chairman.

Mimi A. Feller, BA’70, JD, has served on the Board of Trustees since 1993. Feller held several positions in the public sector, including work as legislative assistant and then chief-of-staff for U.S. Sen. John Chafee of Rhode Island. She is a past national board president of CASA, Court-Appointed Special Advocates for abused and neglected children. Feller also served on the boards of the Media Institute and Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. She retired from the Gannett Company Inc., in 2003, after serving first as vice president of government relations, then as senior vice president of public affairs and government relations.

Floyd J. Malveaux, BS’61, MD, PhD, has served on the Board of Trustees since 1997. He serves as emeritus dean at Howard University and was a professor at the Howard University College of Medicine and the Howard University College of Dentistry. He also served the District of Columbia Public Schools as coordinator of its science program.


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