Fr. Morrison Highlights

Fr. Morrison Highlights

  • Creighton University’s longest-serving president, 1981-2000.

  • Grew Creighton’s endowment more than tenfold – from less than $16 million to more than $210 million.

  • Oversaw Creighton 2000 campaign (1992-1998), a $127 million fundraising drive that generated $25 million in new scholarships and created 13 new endowed academic chairs.

  • Ten buildings constructed during his tenure, including McGloin Hall, the V.J. and Angela Skutt Student Center, Beirne Research Tower, the Lied Education Center for the Arts and the Cardiac Center.

  • Presented diplomas to nearly 25,000 students, which, at the time, represented nearly 45 percent of all Creighton degrees.

  • In the last four years of his presidency, Creighton was ranked No. 1 among Midwest universities by U.S. News & World Report – starting a string to top honors received by the magazine that continues today.

  • Grew the number of endowed faculty positions from 2 to 21.

  • School of Pharmacy expanded to become the School of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions in 1982. (The school has since dropped “allied” from its name.)

  • Undergraduate occupational therapy program established in 1985, followed by the nation’s first doctoral program in physical therapy in 1993, and the nation’s first clinical doctoral program in occupational therapy in 1995.

  • The main campus library was expanded and renovated in 1984 and renamed the Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library.

  • The legal clinic in the School of Law, offering free, civil services to low-income families, was renamed the Milton R. Abrahams Law Clinic in 1999.

  • Received the Anti-Defamation League Human Rights Award (1982), the National Conference of Christians and Jews Humanitarian Award (1989) and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1993).

  • Served on the boards of Xavier University, Rockhurst University, Duchesne Academy and other institutions.

  • Service to the Omaha community included involvement with the City of Omaha Master Plan Advisory Committee, the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Omaha 2000 Steering Committee, Omaha 100 Inc. and the United Way of the Midlands.

  • The Rev. Michael G. Morrison, SJ, Scholarship was established in 1999 in honor of his retirement.

  • One of the top soccer facilities in the nation, the on-campus Michael G. Morrison, SJ, Stadium, was named in his honor in 2004.