About Fr. Morrison

About Fr. Morrison

The Rev. Michael G. Morrison, SJ, was born March 9, 1937, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1955 and was ordained in 1968. He earned degrees of licentiates in philosophy and sacred theology from Saint Louis University and a PhD in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He taught, mostly history, at Creighton Prep, Creighton University, Saint Louis University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Marquette University. He began his administrative career at Marquette and came to Creighton in 1977 as an academic vice president.

He was named interim president at Creighton in August 1981, after the Rev. Matthew E. Creighton, SJ, stepped down to accept a position with the Association of Jesuit Colleges and University. Fr. Morrison was named Creighton’s 22nd president on Dec. 7, 1981.

During his installation ceremony, the then 44-year-old Morrison told the audience that Creighton’s Jesuit, Catholic heritage “means we have a tradition, a history upon which we have built, upon which we stand. As an educational institution, we respect the pluralism of viewpoints that exist. We invite, we encourage diversity of opinion, not because we wish to give up our own value system, but because we wish to see in the light of truth the value system that God has set before us.”