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Lighting the Way: Strategic Plan

Strategic Planning

The Creighton 150 Strategic Plan: Lighting the Way, outlines a course to advance our strategic mission and vision as we look ahead to the future of Creighton University and the higher-ed landscape.

Message from President Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ, PhD

The Creighton 150 Strategic Plan: Lighting the Way charts a bold, dynamic, and inspiring future for Creighton University through our 150th anniversary in 2028.

Guided by the themes of “Achieving Academic Excellence,” “Thriving in Our Mission,” and “Engaging the World,” our strategic vision is already being animated by our community of faculty, staff, and students. Within these themes are aspirational initiatives that have already guided us to significant success in a relatively short period of time with more still to accomplish.

These milestones have been realized despite the many unprecedented challenges facing higher education. After the COVID-19 pandemic altered the trajectory of our strategic plan implementation, a Strategic Implementation Core Team was formed to ensure work would continue under the strategic plan with a renewed sense of focus and collaboration. This team identified four pillars to operationalize how, moving forward, Creighton will achieve a bold vision for its future while remaining aligned with our three themes:

  1. Embracing Our Purpose
  2. Advancing Our Mission
  3. Supporting Our Success
  4. Celebrating Our Preeminence in the Health Sciences

Prior to the pandemic, I shared with our Creighton community that addressing the current landscape of higher education would require creativity, collaboration, and a focus on fiscal alignment with our strategic plan. This remains as true now as it was then, if not more so, as we face ever-changing headwinds; however, remaining true to our vision, those headwinds can in fact help us spread our Bluejay wings and fly higher.


Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD