Oct. 12, 2016

Oct. 12, 2016: Strategic Planning Feedback

Creighton University President, the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ

It was wonderful seeing more than 400 of you at the two Town Hall gatherings yesterday in the Harper Center. The questions from members of the Creighton community were thoughtful, and the table conversations – while limited in the first session – demonstrated a desire by many to be active participants in the University’s next strategic plan.

As a reminder, and for those who could not attend, the five working themes for current planning efforts are: Mission Enhancement, Academic Excellence, Campus Environment, Institutional Outreach, and Stewardship of Resources. The attached document offers short descriptions of each of these.

You are welcome to submit feedback, review the five working themes, and very soon view a video of yesterday’s Town Hall at https://www.creighton.edu/strategic-plan. The site will be frequently updated as we progress through the planning process.

Also, please feel free to begin nominating individuals – yourself included – who you think would be a good member of the Steering Committee. Members serve as liaisons between the strategic planning process and the University community, specifically their University unit or department. They bring the voice of the campus community to the University’s strategic planning process, and engage and inform all University constituents about work on the new strategic plan. The Steering Committee consists of the President’s Planning Committee, seven staff members, and seven faculty members. The committee is intentionally composed to represent a cross-section of the University community. The link included in the previous paragraph also directs you to the nomination form. Nominations must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 24, 2016. 

The next open forum with me will be following Convocation, which is Feb. 7, 2017, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Additional information regarding the forum will be announced later this fall.

Regarding the provost search, please visit https://www.creighton.edu/provost/provost-search to participate in the survey I mentioned on Tuesday and to view a listing of search committee members. It is important to me that all members of the faculty and staff contribute to the process, articulating necessary qualities of the Creighton provost position as well as nominating worthy candidates. Too, the prospectus for the position will soon be available, and your feedback on it will be helpful. 

As you are invited to engage the online survey, committee members will also be available at listening sessions after the fall break on the dates listed below. If you would like to interact with them personally, you are most welcome.

  • Thursday, October 27, 10-11:30 a.m., Skutt Student Center, Room 104
  • Friday, October 28, 1:30-3 p.m., Harper Center, Room 3027
  • Tuesday, November 1, 3-4:30 p.m., Skutt Student Center, Room 105

In addition, if groups or departments are interested in listening sessions with provost search committee members, please contact me through this email: listeningsessions [at] creighton [dot] edu.

It is hard to believe that we are completing the first quarter of the semester this week! There are many exciting initiatives occurring at the University right now, and I am very grateful for the interest you have shown in advancing the mission of Creighton locally and globally.


Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ