April 18, 2017

April 18, 2017: Provost Search Update

Creighton University President, the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ

I wish to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to everyone who participated in the Town Halls and separate meetings with the three finalists for provost last month. 

Thomas F. Murray, PhDAfter evaluating and discerning comments provided through the online survey form as well as visiting with many individuals regarding our shared future, I am very pleased to announce that I have selected Tom Murray, PhD, to be Creighton’s next provost, effective May 1. 

As soon as Dr. Murray was appointed interim provost last spring, his service to the University as chief academic officer has been notably effective. As a member of my cabinet, and someone who provides insightful analysis, Dr. Murray quickly immersed himself in strategic planning; assisted efforts related to campus master planning; helped colleagues and me assess, embrace, and enhance initiatives and incidents related to student life and mission and ministry; contributed to discussions regarding the expansion of our health sciences programs in Phoenix; became an engaged member of the CHI Nebraska board; and supported presidential efforts regarding diversity, sustainability, service learning, and global perspective.

In addition, I admire Dr. Murray’s deep understanding of our institutional complexity and Jesuit identity, his ability to both complement and challenge me and other campus leaders in considering options, and a style of leadership I recognize as consultative and inquisitive, as well as fair and decisive.

Dr. Murray brings more than 35 years of academic experience to the provost position. He joined Creighton as chair of the Department of Pharmacology in the School of Medicine in 2006 after leaving the University of Georgia, where he was a Distinguished Research Professor and head of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

As a researcher and scholar, Dr. Murray has published more than 180 publications in the areas of signal transduction and neuropharmacology, and has received continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health since 1986. While at Creighton, his research has generated $4.7 million in extramural awards to his laboratory. He has served as Creighton’s associate dean for research in the School of Medicine and as campus associate vice provost for research and scholarship. This past year, he completed his 19th year as a chair of an academic department. 

Tim Dickel, EdD, and members of the search committee have worked diligently with the search firm to find candidates with excellent credentials for us to consider, while maintaining respectful confidentiality during the entire search process. Representatives of the Faculty Council, Staff Advisory Council, Creighton Students Union, and others appointed by me, spent many hours outside of their regular duties reviewing detailed information about each candidate. I am grateful for their work. 

I look forward to working alongside Tom and others as we move the University forward, pursue new opportunities, and further the excellent ongoing work at the heart of our mission.

Sincerely,

Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ