Sept. 6, 2016

Sept. 6, 2016: Provost Search and President's Planning Committees

Creighton University President, the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ

I am pleased to announce the membership of the provost search committee. In addition to Tim Dickel, professor of education, serving as chair, the following individuals were nominated by the Faculty Council, Staff Advisory Council, and Creighton Students Union, or appointed by me.

Faculty Council representatives:

  • Tom Pisarri, assistant professor of biomedical sciences in the School of Medicine 
  • Rev. Ross Romero, SJ, assistant professor of philosophy      

Staff Advisory Council representatives:

  • Lannette Chavez, paralegal, General Counsel’s office 
  • Tara Koth, administrative assistant, University Communications and Marketing 

Creighton Students Union:

  • Kayman Nixon, senior in the Heider College of Business and CSU president 

Additional appointments:

  • Catherine Todero, dean, College of Nursing 
  • Deborah Wells, associate dean and associate professor of management, Heider College of Business 
  • René Padilla, director of the Global Engagement Office and associate professor in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions 
  • Janet Seger, professor of physics 
  • Kyle Lierk, director, Campus Ministry 
  • Desiree Nownes, director, Center for Student Integrity 
  • Gary Gates, University trustee and former Chief Executive Officer of OPPD 

In addition, we have retained the services of Isaacson-Miller, a national executive search firm with significant experience in recruiting senior administrators in higher education to assist us with identifying candidates. 

I am also excited to announce today the newly formed President’s Planning Committee (PPC). The PPC’s purpose is to assist me in authoring and implementing a new strategic plan for the University, including developing themes, goals, and tactics; establishing benchmarks to assess progress; and evaluating resources for realizing the new plan.

In advising me, the PPC will also work with a larger and yet-to-be-formed steering committee that will further assist planning efforts related to campus processes and communications, such as sharing, discussing, and refining key themes, and corresponding goals, with the campus community. At the time of my Town Hall sessions on Tuesday, Oct. 11, I will share the nomination process and timeline for forming the steering committee. Please note that the times and location of the Town Halls have changed, and they will now be held from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m. in the Ahmanson Ballroom on the fourth floor of the Harper Center.  

Joining me on the PPC are:

  • Tom Murray, interim provost 
  • Dan Burkey, senior vice president for operations 
  • Mary Chase, vice provost for enrollment and university planning; and planning co-chair 
  • Paul McGreal, dean, School of Law; and planning co-chair 
  • Gail Jensen, dean, the Graduate School and College of Professional Studies 
  • Tanya Winegard, vice provost for student life 
  • Heather Fryer, associate professor of history and director of the American Studies Program 
  • Kristina Simeone, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology
  • Kristie Briggs, associate professor of economics

Please let me express my gratitude to faculty and staff for generous and thoughtful commitments of time and talent to the listening sessions and Area Examen process throughout the course of the past year, both of which inform and inspire efforts to build a new strategic plan. I am very eager to work with the campus to establish a strategic plan that is explicit about our Catholic and Jesuit mission; representational of our impressive comprehensive academic profile; expansive about our presence locally, nationally, and globally; focused on the student experience of learning and living here, including issues of affordability and access; and mindful of our stewardship of resources.

Finally, we are now only two months away from the Nov. 17 Opus Prize ceremony, which will award $1 million to one of three finalists and their service organizations at the Holland Center for the Performing Arts. Leading up to event, there are numerous activities occurring on campus, including Spark Sessions that begin this Thursday, Sept. 8. Find more information on session topics, which relate to the Opus Prize nominees.

I am looking forward to Homecoming activities that begin on Sunday, Sept. 11, and hope that I will see many faculty, staff, students, and alumni at the various events.


Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ