Presidential Committees

Presidential Committees


University Committee On Public Honors & Events

The Committee on Public Honors and Events shall advise the President concerning major public all-University events, both academic and non-academic.

  • It shall recommend to the President all recipients of special citations and achievement awards.
  • It shall recommend to the President names of appropriate speakers for these special occasions.
  • It shall recommend to the President all recipients of honorary degrees in accord with criteria and procedures established by the University.

The Committee of Public Honors and Events Website

Thomas Murray, PhDUniversity ProvostEx-Officio
Matt GerardVice President for University RelationsEx-Officio

John Darwin

Office of the PresidentEx-Officio
Diane StormbergAlumni RelationsEx-Officio
Heidi GrunkemeyerVice President for Communications and MarketingEx-Officio
Three Elected Faculty Members:
Jennifer Tilleman,


School of Pharmacy and Health Professions8-20-2023
Lori Rusch, PhD, RN, ACNS-BCCollege of Nursing8-20-2021
Ivelisse Santiago-Stommes, PhDCollege of Arts and Sciences8-20-2022
One Alumnus/A Appointed By National Alumni Board:
Nick Milewski 8-20-2019
Two Staff Members Elected By Staff Advisory Council:
Sheri BaconStrategic Sourcing8-20-2022
Kayman NixonUndergraduate Admissions8-20-2022
Two Students:
Vivian ConradCollege of Arts & Sciences8-20-2021
Sarah GwazdaczCollege of Arts and Sciences8-20-2021

University Committee On Student Discipline

The purpose of this committee shall be to conduct hearings on alleged infractions of University rules and to recommend sanctions for individual or group violations after all procedural safeguards as outlined in the Student Handbook are observed.

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Tanya Winegard, PhD, ChairVice Provost for
Student Life
Three Elected Faculty Members:
Naser Alsharif, PharmD, PhDSchool of Pharmacy & Health Professions8-20-2022
Leonard Greenspoon, BA, PhDCollege of Arts & Sciences8-20-2021
Guy McHendry, PhDCollege of Arts & Sciences8-20-2023
Six Elected Faculty Alternates:
Joely Goodman, PhD, RNCollege of Nursing8-20-2023
Beth Flott, EdD, RNCollege of Nursing8-20-2021
Carol Knoepfler, JDSchool of Law8-20-2022
Raneta Mack, JDSchool of Law8-20-2021
Gretchen Oltman, JD, PhDCollege of Professional Studies8-20-2021
Catherine Opere,BPharm, MBA, PhDSchool of Pharmacy & Health Professions8-20-2021
Three Students Elected By Creighton Students Union:
Justin PfeiferSchool of Dentistry8-20-2021
Andrea PabloCollege of Arts & Sciences8-20-2021
Joe ThibodeauCollege of Arts & Sciences8-20-2021
Six Alternate Students Elected By Creighton Students Union:
Luke KlahsHeider College of Business8-20-2021
Madeline SmithSchool of Pharmacy & Health Professions8-20-2021
Vinson LiuSchool of Medicine8-20-2021
Claire TolanSchool of Medicine8-20-2021
Jenna AmpulskiCollege of Arts & Sciences8-20-2021
Nick VariavaHeider College of Business8-20-2021

University Committee On Student Life Policy

The Committee on Student Life Policy shall be responsible for formulating policy as it relates to all aspects of student life not otherwise delegated.  It serves in an advisory capacity to the President through the office of Vice President for Student Services on all-University regulations as specified in the Student Handbook and makes terminal decisions on all other matters of student life policy.

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Tanya Winegard, PhD, ChairVice Provost for
Student Life
Two Student Services Staff Members Appointed By VP For Student Life:
Lucas NovotnyResidence LifeIndefinite
Desiree Nownes Office of Student DevelopmentIndefinite
Three Elected Faculty Members:

Lori Rusch, PhD, RN

College of Nursing8-20-2023
Beth Flott, EdD, RNCollege of Nursing8-20-2022
Faith Kurtyka, PhDCollege of Arts & Sciences8-20-2021
One Alumnus/a Recommended By National Alumni Board:

Nicola Lodes, BSBA ’04, MBA ‘09

Seven Students Elected By Creighton Students Union:
Henry GlynnCollege of Arts & Sciences8-20-2021
David Amorim CaldasCollege of Arts & Sciences8-20-2021
Quinlyn KladeCollege of Arts & Sciences8-20-2021
Margot BradleyHeider College of Business8-20-2021
Alyssa GoodmanSchool of Medicine8-20-2021
Austin LeSchool of Medicine8-20-2021
Meera PatelSchool of Medicine8-20-2021
Two Alternate Students Elected By Creighton Students Union:


Presidential Committee on Sexual Misconduct

The committee examines and evaluates the University’s existing policies, processes, and programming to address the issue of sexual misconduct, as well as assess campus and local resources for victims, and to send a summary and recommendations to the president and his cabinet. The committee will consider the Catholic and Jesuit mission and identity of the University, best practices of Title IX and the Campus SaVE Act, institutional peer review, and if deemed necessary, external consultation. 

Membership consists of faculty, staff, and students who offer broad campus representation as well as interest, experience, and expertise in related issues. Additionally, campus personnel working in associated areas will be available to serve as resources for the committee.


  • Catherine Todero, PhD, RN, FAAN – College of Nursing, Dean
  • David Weber, JD – School of Law, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs


  • Eileen Burke-Sullivan, STD – Vice Provost for Mission and Ministry, Associate Professor of Theology
  • Susan Calef, PhD – College of Arts and Sciences, Assistant Professor, Department of Theology, and Director, Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Barbara Harris, PhD – College of Arts and Sciences, Program Director, Department of Social Work
  • Erika Kirby, PhD – College of Arts and Sciences, Professor, Department of Communication Studies, and Faculty Council
  • Matthew Seevers, PhD – Heider College of Business, Chair, Department of Marketing and Management
  • Peter Stone – College of Arts and Sciences, Instructor, Analytical and Environmental Chemistry
  • Lt. Col. Jared Sutton – Creighton Army ROTC, Professor of Military Science


  • Shawn Cook, MPA – School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, Director of Student Affairs
  • Michael Kavan, PhD – School of Medicine, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
  • Brandy Menaugh – Division of Athletics, Associate Director for Compliance
  • Rebecca Murray, PhD – College of Arts and Sciences, Associate Dean for Social and Applied Sciences
  • Michael Reiner – Department of Public Safety, Chief
  • Nancy Schrage – Department of Human Resources, Senior Human Resource Generalist
  • Fallon Watts – Interdisciplinary EdD Program, Graduate School, Staff Advisory Council


  • Rachel Marie Lee – School of Law, Third Year
  • Meg Maynard – College of Arts and Sciences, Senior
  • Nina Noronha – College of Arts and Sciences, Junior
  • Ed Nuñez – College of Arts and Sciences, Junior
  • Heather Thorson – School of Dentistry, Third Year
  • Matthew Tolliver – College of Nursing, Sophomore
  • Dhruti Tummalapalli – College of Arts and Sciences, Junior, and Executive Vice President, Creighton Students Union

University Committee On The Status Of Women

The University Committee on the Status of Women shall assure that equal consideration be given to women in all phases of University operation, and shall create an environment equally supportive of achievement by both men and women.  It shall endeavor to ensure full participation and encouragement of contributions from women in pursuing the overall goals of the University.

Committee On The Status Of Women Website (with list of members)

University Staff Advisory Council

The University Staff Advisory Council shall advise the President in matters affecting the general welfare and working conditions of all members of the support staff. The Council shall serve as a channel for better communication between the staff and the administration.

Staff Advisory Council Website (with list of members)

University Partners in Mission Committee

The Partners in Mission Committee provides university-wide leadership to enculturate and promote the Catholic-Jesuit Mission at Creighton University among faculty.  This committee was created to implement the "Resolution on the Catholic-Jesuit Mission of Creighton University" that was unanimously approved by the Academic Council on October 25, 2007.

The President appoints a Steering Committee composed of at least one Jesuit and three to five faculty members to lead the Partners in Mission Committee.  The Steering Committee facilitates dialogue and collaboration on mission-based activities among the representatives from the School and Colleges.  The President directs the Steering Committee to oversee tri-annual assessment of implementation of the Catholic-Jesuit Mission Resolution in each School and College.  The Steering Committee acts on behalf of the University Assessment Committee and submits an executive summary with recommendations of the University Assessment Committee and the President.  

The President directs each dean to appoint a committee of three to five faculty members to advise the dean on the implementation of the Catholic-Jesuit Resolution within their respective School and College.  These committees constitute the membership of Partners in Mission.  

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Eileen Burke-SullivanVice Provost for Mission and MinistryEx-Officio
Paul McGrealSchool of LawEx-Officio
College of Nursing:
Maribeth Hercinger 
Lisa Johnson
Ann Laughlin
Nancy Shirley
Jenna Woster
Maribeth Hercinger 
Lisa Johnson
Ann Laughlin
Nancy Shirley
Jenna Woster
Graduate School:

Mary Lee Brock 
William Leggio 
Jennifer Moss Breen
Jeff M. Smith
Patrick Swanson

Heider College of Business:

Charlie Braymen 
Natalie Gerhart
Andy Gustafson
Stacy Menzel-Baker
Sijing Wei

School of Dentistry:
Tim Durham
Kelly Gould
Mark Markham
Colette O’Meara McKinney
John Purk
School of Law:
Craig Dallon
Rachel Goedken
Catherine Mahern
Steve Sieberson
David Weber
School of Medicine:
Carol Lomneth
Paul Milner
Anna Selmecki
Holly Stessman
Stephanie Vandermullen
College of Arts and Sciences:
Ashley Hall
Alicia Klanecky
Patrick Roddy
Mary Ann Vinton
Carol Zuegner
School of Pharmacy and Health Professions:
Shirley Blanchard
Mike Monaghan
Angela Patterson
Kirk Peck
Mark Siracuse


Disability Accommodation and Awareness Committee

The Americans with Disabilities Act Committee shall advise and serve as a resource to the University community on accessibility issues affecting University students, faculty, employees and visitors in the following areas:  employment, academic and public programs, facilities, and transportation and telecommunications.

Americans With Disabilities Act Committee Website

Committee MembersTitle, AreaTerm Expiration
Derek Scott, ChairAssistant Vice President for Facilities Management and PlanningEx-Officio
Beth A. ThomasInterim Associate Vice President for Human ResourcesEx-Officio
Allison TaylorExec. Director, Office of Equity and InclusionEx-Officio

Jacque Knedler

Associate Director, Disability Services

Jim JansenGeneral CounselEx-Officio
Christopher WhittVice Provost for Institutional Diversity and InclusionEx-Officio
Appointed by the President:
Kathleen FleckyHealth Sciences8-20-2021
One Administrative Representative From Each Vice Presidential Area:
Joe EcklundOffice of the Provost8-20-2023
Jake LansmanPublic Safety8-20-2023
Chuck LenoskyDepartment of Information Technology8-20-2022
Robert JohnsonDivision of Student Life8-20-2022
Kathy MartinUniversity Ministry8-20-2022
Terri KilgarinUniversity Relations8-20-2022
Sonja Owen-WegnerFinance8-20-2022
Three Elected Faculty Members:
Kelly Dineen, RN, JD, PhDSchool of Law8-20-2023
Candace Bloomquist, MS, PhDGraduate School8-20-2022
Jacque Miller, MSNCollege of Nursing8-20-2021
One Staff Member Elected by Staff Advisory Council:
Alexander Hall 8-20-2021
One Faculty Member from Occupational Therapy
Andrea Thinnes, OTDSchool of Pharmacy & Health Professions8-20-2022
Two Student Elected by Creighton Students Union:

Erin Whiteford

Graduate School8-20-2021

Pamela Letourneau Fallon

College of Arts & Sciences 8-20-2021

Campus Planning Committee

To review at least annually the current master plan of the University with the official Campus Planner and formulate updated plans based upon the changing reality of faculty, staff, and student needs and the resulting demands for additional office, parking, and recreation space.

To relate facility usage and campus development to the priorities of academic planning.

To plan for the most economical use of capital resources as they become available for physical improvements.

To assure that the placement of facilities is aesthetically pleasing and functionally efficient.

To review specific proposals for new facilities or major additions to or renovations of any of the University's facilities as proposed from time to time to the Chair of the Campus Planning Committee, such proposals, if approved, to be referred to the President for final decision.

To serve as individuals on such subcommittees as are appointed by the Chair for planning specific improvements.

Director of Budget, Planning & Analysis

Committee MembersTitle Term Expiration
Derek Scott, ChairAssociate Vice President for Facilities ManagementEx-Officio
Vice Presidential Representatives:
Mike ReinerExecutive Vice President of Public Safety 
Tara McGuireFinance 
Shawn CookStudent Life in Health Services 
David RamcharanDivision of Information Technology 
Chase BeckerMission and Ministry 
Tricia Sharrar, JDAssociate Provost, Academic Administration 
Rob JohnsonDivision of Student Life 
Sarah RichardsonEnrollment Management 
John DarwinOffice of the President 
Judy PritzaUniversity Relations 
Craig ZimmerMission and Ministry 
Steve BraceAthletics 
Christopher WhittInstitutional Diversity and Inclusion 
René PadillaGlobal Engagement Office 
Three Elected Faculty Members:
Estella Davis, PharmD, BCPSSchool of Pharmacy & Health Professions8-20-2022
Mary Ann Danielson, PhDCollege of Arts & Sciences8-20-2023
Kim Begley, PharmD, RPhSchool of Pharmacy & Health Professions8-20-2021
Two Staff Members Elected By Staff Advisory Council:
Andrew BeileFacilities Management8-20-2021
Joann CrinklawSchool of Pharmacy & Health Professions8-20-2022
Two Students Elected By Creighton Students Union:
Nick Mathy School of Medicine8-20-2021
Amanda RosaHeider College of Business8-20-2021
One Alumnus Recommended By National Alumni Board:
Paul LaFave, BSBA'87 8-20-2020
Tim HollandHolland Basham Architects 

University Financial Advisory Committee

The committee shall assist the President in reviewing the annual financial expenditures of the University, particularly as these expenditures touch on the academic programs of the various Schools and Colleges.  While the total budget and capital expenditures of the University are the responsibility of the President and the financial officers, under the Board of Directors, it is the function of this committee to offer information, suggestions, views, and comments on policy, which will ensure input from the academic community into the annual budget expenditures.

The committee shall offer to the President, at least once a year, suggestions leading to additional sources of income as well as increases in the regular sources of income to the University.

Committee MembersTitle Term Expiration
John Jesse, III, ChairAssociate Vice President for FinanceEx-Officio
Rev. Nicholas Santos, SJRector, Jesuit CommunityEx-Officio
Four Elected Faculty Members:
Charles Braymen, PhD, CFAHeider College of Business8-20-2022
Julie Peterson, PT, DPTSchool of Pharmacy & Health Professions8-20-2022
Robert Whipple, Jr., PhDCollege of Arts & Sciences8-20-2023
David Dobberpuhl, PhDCollege of Arts & Sciences8-20-2021
Three Students Elected By Creighton Students Union:
Michael LinngrenCollege of Arts & Sciences8-20-2021
Nathan OstlieSchool of Medicine8-20-2021
Jill PollpeterCollege of Arts & Sciences8-20-2021
One Alumnus/a:
James B. Robinson, JD 8-20-2019
One Staff Member Elected By Staff Advisory Council:
Caroline NubelSchool of Medicine


University Athletic Board

The University Athletic Board is responsible for formulating and recommending policy relating to intercollegiate athletics.

The University Athletic Board will serve in an advisory capacity to the President through the Vice President for Student Services.

Committee MembersTitleTerm Expiration
Tanya Winegard, PhDVice Provost for
Student Life
Bruce Rasmussen (non-voting)Director of AthleticsEx-Officio
Neil Norton, PhD, Chair Associate Dean for Admissions & Student Affairs;
School of Dentistry
Faculty member appointed by President
Eight Elected Faculty Members:
Barron Breland, DMCollege of Arts & Sciences8-20-2023
Mark Reedy, PhDCollege of Arts & Sciences8-20-2021
Mikayla Spangler, PharmD, BCPS

School of Pharmacy & Health Professions

James Bramble, MPH, PhDSchool of Pharmacy & Health Professions8-20-2022
John Wingender, Jr. PhDHeider College of Business8-20-2021

Lori Rusch, PhD, RN

College of Nursing8-20-2023
Mary Ann Danielson, PhDCollege of Arts & Sciences8-20-2022
Cory Guenther, PhDAssociate Professor College of Arts & Sciences8-20-2023
Three Students:
Sabrina MoralesCollege of Arts & Sciences8-20-2021
Evan GraumannCollege of Arts & Sciences8-20-2021
Alex AlveroSchool of Medicine8-20-2021
President or Designee of the Jaybackers:
Tom Kelley (voting) Ex-Officio
President Of Student Athlete Board of Advisors:

Haylee Blach

Two Alumni Members Appointed By National Alumni Board:
Tyler Laflin 8-20-2020
Teri Oltmans Miller, RPh, BSPHA ‘96 8-20-2019

University Committee On Lectures, Films & Concerts

The primary purpose of this committee is to plan and coordinate a program of lectures, films, and concerts for the cultural enrichment of the University community.  Additionally, the committee, in cooperation with designated members of the University, implements the guest speaker policies stated in the Student Handbook and Guide to Policies of Creighton University.

Committee On Lectures, Films & Concerts Website

Committee MembersTitleTerm Expiration
Four Elected Faculty Members:
Jessica Niski, PT, DPTSchool of Pharmacy & Health Professions8-20-2022
Jacob Siedlik, MA, PhDCollege of Arts & Sciences8-20-2023
Kim Begley, PharmD, RPhSchool of Pharmacy & Health Professions8-20-2021
Irina Fox, JDSchool of Law8-20-2021
Administrators Appointed By President:
Katie Kelsey, ChairDirector of Student Leadership & Involvement,
Student Leadership & Involvement Center
P. Frederick Hanna, PhDCollege of Arts & Sciences8-20-2021
Four Students Elected By Creighton Students Union:
Sophie GreenHeider College of Business8-20-2021
Bradley PfeiferSchool of Medicine8-20-2021
Nathan SchumacherHeider College of Business8-20-2021
Kate DugganHeider College of Business8-20-2021
Student Alternate:
One Alumnus/A Recommended By National Alumni Board:

Laura Swedean Spaulding, BA '06, MBA '10


University Committee on Benefits

The University Committee on Benefits acts as an advisory committee to the President regarding the benefits offered by the University.

The Committee is comprised of eleven members. Five faculty members are elected by the Academic Council. The Staff Advisory Council recommends four non-exempt staff members to the President for appointment. In addition, a faculty member with academic expertise in matters covered by the committee and an exempt staff member are appointed by the President. The University Human Resources Director or a delegate serves as ex-officio member. Each member is appointed for a three-year term at staggered intervals. To bring a concern to the Committee, contact a Committee member.

Committee MembersTitleTerm Expiration
Beth A. ThomasInterim Associate Vice President,
Human Resources
One Staff Member Representing Levels A-D, Appointed by President:
Katie Booton, ChairRisk Manager,
Risk Management
Four Staff Members Elected By Staff Advisory Council, Representing Different Areas of the University:
Doug DemanRecreation and Wellness8-20-2023
Jolene BuckinghamCollege of Arts & Sciences8-20-2021
Felicia HalseySchool of Dentistry8-20-2023
Lanny WarrenSchool of Dentistry8-20-2023
Five Elected Faculty Members:

Susan Calef, BA, PhD

College of Arts & Sciences8-20-2022

Pamela Foral, PharmD

School of Pharmacy & Health Professions8-20-2021

Somnath Singh, BPharm, MPharm, PhD

School of Pharmacy & Health Professions8-20-2023

Jennifer Furze, PT, DPT

School of Pharmacy & Health Professions8-20-2022
Regina Taylor, PhDHeider College of Business8-20-2021
One Faculty Member With Academic Expertise Appointed by President:
Nicole White, PharmD, CDESchool of Pharmacy & Health Professions8-20-2022
One Member Designated by the Jaybackers: (Elections Held in October)
Dennis Henkenius 8-20-2021

University Assessment Committee (UAC)

The University Assessment Committee (UAC) is designed to foster communication between all colleges, schools, and divisions that facilitate and assess student learning.  Committee members are nominated by their schools, colleges or divisions and appointed by the President.  The UAC works to promote an integrated culture of assessment consistent with the Creighton mission. The committee is charged to coordinate assessment at the University level; represent all academic and co-curricular areas in articulating an integrative assessment program and provide feedback and assistance to programs, colleges and schools to advance efforts to enhance University support for assessment.

The University Assessment Committee website (with list of members)