President's Message

The Light of Creighton Burns Brightly

We held a Town Hall at the beginning of the fall semester, in person in Omaha and virtually for our campus in Phoenix and those living and learning at points far afield. I related my gratitude for the Creighton community — students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, friends, and partners. I shared how, in the darkness of what was a very difficult year, the light that is Creighton continued to burn brightly.

It is no secret how proud I am of how Creighton navigated the pandemic. It is difficult to imagine another time in my life where such determination and resolve have been so enduring and innovative. I would not presume to say we are in the clear, because the pandemic remains quite real, but the energy I have witnessed gives me discernible hope, even as we remain vigilant and committed to health and safety.

The following pages of Creighton magazine reveal many of the reasons for my hope, pride, and enthusiasm for Creighton’s next chapter.

I first want to call your attention to Forward Blue — the largest, most comprehensive fundraising campaign in the University’s history. This campaign supports our students first, prioritizing scholarships and the most pressing needs of each of our schools and colleges.

The University has a long legacy of giving that changes lives, starting with the Creighton family. Forward Blue continues that legacy in an uncertain time. There are many changes looming in higher education, but, with your help, Creighton is prepared to face the challenges ahead. We stand ready to step forward, boldly, carried by the momentum of innovation that in so many ways, over the course of so many decades, defines this University. Read on to learn how you can be part of this historic moment.

Also in this issue, we highlight the opening of our new health sciences campus in Phoenix. Just over three years ago, we announced plans for the campus, an expansion that solidified Creighton as the largest Catholic health professions educator in the country. This semester, our aspiration became a reality, and we welcomed the inaugural classes and incredible faculty and staff. In Omaha, with construction soon beginning on the CL Werner Center for Health Sciences, and in Phoenix, Creighton is addressing a real need for equal access to health care and improved patient care.

We also broke ground on our first residence hall exclusively for first-year students since the 1960s, and the first new residence hall of any kind since 2006 — a modern, inclusive facility with dedicated interfaith spaces and amenities that support student development, wellness, and academics.

Following a national search, we are so pleased that Marcus Blossom is our new McCormick Endowed Athletic Director. As I said in making the announcement, we found a collaborative, passionate leader who is called by faith, grounded in mission and family, familiar with Jesuit higher learning, and committed to excellence.

And as we approach the holy and heartwarming holiday season, please know that you and yours are in my prayers, and that I am grateful to God that you are a member of the Creighton community.

Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD