April 6, 2020

April 6, 2020

Presidential message

I am deeply grateful for the commitment, dedication, and tireless efforts of so many faculty and staff during our transition to remote work and full online course delivery over these last several weeks. As I previously announced, tomorrow (April 7) our Omaha campus will be closed to all but those notified as mission-critical employees and a limited number of students and others as authorized.

In this period of change, as we adjust to these new circumstances, we continue to move forward with great effect and impact. Today, I would like to make you aware of some important leadership and organizational changes around our Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (CIPER), our Phoenix campus, lifelong learning, and student success and retention, along with the postponement of Reunion Weekend.

Starting today, Gail Jensen, PhD, dean of the Graduate School and the College of Professional Studies, is taking on the additional duties of interim director of CIPER, continuing the great work established by Joy Doll, OTD, who ended her tenure at Creighton on Friday. In this capacity, Dr. Jensen will report to the vice provost of Health Sciences Campuses, Catherine Todero, PhD.

Also, effective Wednesday, April 15, Tracy Monahan, senior administrator in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, will become the senior project executive for our Phoenix campus, replacing Larry Niemann. I am grateful for the good work Larry has accomplished, and I look forward to Tracy’s engagement. Tracy will also report to Dr. Todero.

With evolving strategies for both lifelong learning and student retention, Provost Tom Murray, PhD, and I have asked Tricia Sharrar, JD, to become vice provost for Academic Administration and Operations. Tricia will continue to oversee the Business Office, the Registrar’s Office, the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs, and the Office of Continuing Education, and she will take on additional duties and projects related to our academic enterprise. Her excellent work with corporate partnerships, disability services, and advising and retention programs will shift to others, and I cannot be more grateful for what she has achieved in these many areas.

Following the recommendations of the Provost Task Force around student success and retention, and also effective on April 15, Wayne Young Jr., PhD, will assume a new role as associate vice provost for Student Retention. With this change, and for the time being, Dr. Young remains associate vice provost for Student Development, continuing his oversight of the Department of Residential Life, the Office of Community Standards and Wellbeing, Student Counseling Services, and the Student Health Education and Compliance Office. In his new role, he assumes direct responsibility for the Creighton EDGE, the Office of Retention, and the TRiO programs.

Finally, I want to let you know that we have postponed this year’s Reunion Weekend, scheduled for May 28-31. The new plan is to combine the reunion celebrations for both 2020 and 2021 on June 3-6, 2021. More information will be shared with alumni soon.

Please continue to look for regular email communications from Creighton’s Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) and consult our COVID-19 website for additional University information.

Thank you, again, for your flexibility and cooperation during these challenging times.


Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD