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Lay rector of a Jesuit university in Europe received Honorary Alumnus Award

Fr. Hendrickson and Perez AlcalaFounding rector of Universidad Loyola Andalucía in 2011 and first lay rector of a Jesuit university in Europe, Gabriel M. Pérez Alcalá, PhD, was the recipient of the Honorary Alumnus Award from Creighton University during the 2018 annual AJCU International Education Conference, Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 at Creighton.

The University recognizes individuals who are not Creighton graduates, but who have significantly worked to better Creighton or their own communities. They are men and women of high moral principles who demonstrate characteristics of a Jesuit, Catholic education.

Pérez Alcalá has been a visionary and transformative leader for the Spanish university system. With perseverance, passion, friendship and collaborative leadership, he established Universidad Loyola Andalucía as a global university guided by the Society of Jesus, forming students sympathetic to other cultures and with heightened awareness of social diversity.

His myriad achievements include developing international alliances and opening opportunities with Jesuit universities in the U.S. and other nations. Throughout his career, Pérez Alcalá has exemplified the charisms of Jesuit, Catholic leadership.

Pérez Alcalá said a question he often asks in his work is: “Can we not go beyond the loose family relationships we now have as institutions, and re-imagine and reorganize ourselves so that, in this globalized world, we can more effectively realize the universality which has always been part of Ignatius’ vision of the Society?”


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