Message from the President: Promise and Purpose

Promise and Purpose

This month, we welcome returning students and the Class of 2022 to campus with an invigorated sense of promise and purpose. While final numbers may fluctuate, we anticipate a record freshman class — with as many as 1,130 to 1,135 students. That would surpass last year’s historic total of 1,119 students.

It’s deeply gratifying that our Jesuit, Catholic education; innovative, wide-ranging academic programs; outstanding faculty teaching, research, and scholarship; and significant, meaningful student opportunities inside and outside the classroom continue to be highly valued by today’s high school graduates.

Sept. 2 will mark the 140th anniversary of Creighton University’s opening. We are celebrating this milestone year with a variety of events, including a Creighton 140 Presidential Lecture Series that will include an evening with former Secretaries of State Dr. Madeleine Albright and Gen. Colin Powell on Oct. 30. Suzanne Malveaux, HON’12, an award-winning journalist with CNN, will serve as moderator.

This spring, a peer review committee from the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities recommended that Creighton University be reaffirmed as an “excellent example of a Jesuit, Catholic university that embraces its mission, builds upon clear mission strengths, and desires to live its mission ever more fully.” The committee’s report was forwarded to Jesuit Superior General the Very Rev. Arturo Sosa, SJ.

We open our new state-of-the-art dental building with excitement on the northeast edge of campus. The impressive brick-and-glass facility, offering the latest in dental technology, will allow us to increase our dental enrollment capacity from about 85 to 115 students, and add to the number of people we can treat — many of whom would otherwise not have care — from about 12,000 to 15,000 annually.

The building also will be home to our new Kingfisher Institute for Liberal Arts and Professions — a major initiative within our strategic plan to develop innovative, collaborative synergies between liberal arts and professional education. Overall, we continue to gain momentum in all strategic plan priorities. Significantly, we recently announced an alliance that makes Creighton and its partners one of the largest providers of graduate medical education in Arizona.

We were saddened to learn of the death of the Rev. Michael G. Morrison, SJ, Creighton’s 22nd and longest-serving president, in May at the age of 81. Fr. Morrison served as the University’s president for 19 years, from 1981 to 2000. A liturgy of gratitude for the life of Fr. Morrison will be held Sept. 15, with a special Mass at St. John’s Church in conjunction with Reunion Weekend.

I invite and encourage all alumni, families, and friends to return to campus for Reunion Weekend, Sept. 13-16, for a full schedule of events and activities. Reunion Weekend provides a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with classmates, professors, and even us Jesuits. I hope to see you there!

Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ