Fr. Schlegel Milestones

CCSJ Renamed in Honor of Fr. Schlegel

Fr. Schlegel's Inauguration

Hixson-Lied Science Building Groundbreaking

Hixson-Lied Science Building Dedication

Creighton's 125th Anniversary

New Main Pedestrian Campus Mall Unveiled

Morrison Stadium Dedicated

Inauguration of First Endowed Chair in Nursing

Renovated St. John's Church Unveiled

Creighton Celebrates Success of Willing to Lead Campaign

Wunsch named first holder of professorship honoring Fr. Schlegel


Nov. 12, 1999

The Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J., then president of the University of San Francisco, is announced as the next president of Creighton University, succeeding the Rev. Michael G. Morrison, S.J.

Sept. 15, 2000

Fr. Schlegel is inaugurated as the 23rd president of Creighton University, seeking “a bold tomorrow for Creighton.”

March 30, 2001

The Connie Kearney Endowed Chair in Clinical Legal Education is inaugurated, one of 15 new endowed chairs established during Fr. Schlegel’s tenure.

June 4, 2001

Working the controls of a backhoe, Fr. Schlegel breaks ground on what will become the Hixson-Lied Science Building.

June 2, 2003

Creighton dedicates the new $19 million, six-story Hixson-Lied Science Building — part of $57 million in upgrades to Creighton’s undergraduate and health sciences facilities.

Sept. 2, 2003

Creighton celebrates the 125th anniversary of its founding, and Fr. Schlegel announces one of the most ambitious campus expansion plans in the University’s history.

Nov. 11, 2003

Creighton men’s basketball plays its first regular-season game at the Qwest Center Omaha, beating San Diego 79-44.

Fall 2004

Creighton’s newly redesigned main pedestrian mall greets students returning to campus.

Sept. 2, 2004

Creighton dedicates Davis Square, a residential community for juniors and seniors and part of Creighton’s east-campus expansion.

Oct. 15, 2004

Creighton dedicates Michael G. Morrison, S.J., Stadium, one of the nation’s premier soccer facilities.

December 2004

Fr. Schlegel announces the largest single gift from a living alumnus in Creighton’s history – $50 million from an anonymous donor.

Dec. 3, 2005

Fr. Schlegel announces the public phase of the $350 million Willing to Lead Campaign — the largest fundraising campaign in the University’s history. (The campaign raised more than $470 million in gifts and pledges.)

Oct. 30, 2006

Creighton dedicates its second residential living community for juniors and seniors — Opus Hall.

May 2, 2007

Creighton inaugurates the first endowed chair in nursing.

July 28, 2007

$3 million in improvements and renovations to St. John’s Church are unveiled at a Mass celebrated by the archbishop of Omaha.

Sept. 10, 2007

The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association recognizes Creighton for living its mission in reaccrediting the University until 2017.

Fall 2008

Total enrollment passes 7,000 for the first time.

Sept. 5, 2008

Creighton dedicates the 245,000-square-foot Mike and Josie Harper Center for Student Life and Learning and the east-campus Venteicher Mall.

Feb. 11, 2009

Creighton celebrates the success of the Willing to Lead Campaign, as gifts surpass the $350 million goal.

June 2009

Fr. Schlegel announces that Creighton will be the recipient of the largest bequest in the University’s history — a $40 million anonymous commitment to support student scholarships.

June 30, 2009

The School of Medicine and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix announce an academic affiliation to create Creighton University School of Medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, a member of Catholic Healthcare West.

Fall 2009

Creighton’s undergraduate freshman class tops 1,000 students for the first time.

Aug. 28, 2009

Creighton dedicates the new Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center and D.J. Sokol Arena — the on-campus home to Creighton women’s athletics.

July 14, 2010

Fr. Schlegel announces that he will retire as president of Creighton University after 11 years in the position.

April 19, 2015

Creighton University officially announces the renaming of the Creighton Center for Service and Justice (CCSJ) in Fr. Schlegel’s honor. It was supported by a successful $500,000 matching gift effort spearheaded by several anonymous donors.

August 4, 2015

James Wunsch, Ph.D., a professor of political science at Creighton, is selected as the first holder of the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J., Distinguished Professorship in Politics and  Government.