Message from the Interim President

Message from the Interim President

I consider it an honor and privilege to serve as interim president of Creighton University as we await the official arrival of our 25th president, Daniel S. Hendrickson, S.J., on July 1.

And it’s given me a new appreciation for the work — and the hectic schedule — of our recently retired president, Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., who stepped down Jan. 20 due to health concerns.

Creighton University owes a great deal of thanks to Fr. Lannon, who accomplished much in his short three-plus years in office. Through his leadership, vision and collaboration, we are on a strategic course that is having a profound impact on the University and will continue to guide us for years to come. We wish Fr. Lannon Godspeed in his departure.

I also want to express my gratefulness to the Board of Trustees, the Presidential Search Committee and the entire Creighton community — alumni, students, faculty and staff — for their efforts in helping select a new president.

It was a thoughtful, engaging and in-depth process. I specifically would like to thank Bruce Rohde, BSBA’71, JD’73, and Richard Kizer, BSBA’71, JD’73, for their leadership as co-chairs of the search committee.

Through our careful and extensive deliberations, I believe we have made an excellent choice with the selection of Fr. Hendrickson. He is bright, personable, a good listener and very enthusiastic about his new role. I believe he will be a perfect fit for Creighton.

I know the Creighton community will join me in giving Fr. Hendrickson a warm welcome when he officially arrives in July. In the meantime, Creighton University continues to excel.

  • For the second consecutive year and the fourth time in seven years, we have another Nebraska Professor of the Year in Greg Zacharias, Ph.D., professor of English.

  • U.S. News & World Report recently ranked several of our online programs among the top 20 in the nation in their respective categories.

  • We are developing new and innovative programs — such as our online Master’s in Leadership, bachelor’s degree in Healthy Lifestyle Management and a joint occupational therapy doctoral degree with Regis University in Denver. … And the list goes on.

Finally, I want to thank the Creighton community for your support and encouragement in my interim role. In my 11 years as dean of the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, I have found Creighton to be a supportive and innovative campus. We are a great University, and our future is bright.

J. Chris Bradberry, Pharm.D.
Interim President