Creighton Remembers Fr. Schlegel

The Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J.  |  1943-2015

Creighton University fondly remembers and celebrates the life and spirit of its 23rd president, the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J., who died of pancreatic cancer on Nov. 15 at the age of 72.

A passionate supporter of Catholic and Jesuit education, and friend to Creighton students, faculty, staff, alumni, benefactors and the greater Omaha community, Fr. Schlegel served as Creighton’s president from 2000 to 2011.

Creighton University experienced much success and growth under Fr. Schlegel’s leadership. His expansion of the campus — in terms of space and new facilities — provided a modern living and learning environment that spurred enrollment growth and enriched students’ experiences.

He reinforced Creighton’s Jesuit, Catholic identity, strengthening ties with the Omaha Archdiocese and merging the University’s faith-based identity with its academic missions of teaching, research, scholarship and service.

A memorial website has been established at