Carnegie Leadership Classification

Carnegie Foundation Leadership for Public Purpose Classification

Statue of St. Ignatius on the Creighton Campus


Creighton University has been invited to participate in a new Carnegie Foundation Elective Classification – Leadership for Public Purpose – in collaboration with the Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University.

This new Elective Classification will begin the process of creating an institutional and sector-level continuous improvement process, grounded in the identification and sharing of best practices in leadership education and development that can be transformative for higher education.

Creighton’s commitment to develop leaders for the improvement of our world is deeply embedded in our identity as a Jesuit institution and it is part of our institutional mission and strategic plan. We enjoy a unique value proposition for prospective students and faculty because of our emphasis on leadership and social justice at an institutional level. 


Creighton will conduct a self-assessment in connection with this Elective Classification process. Through this process, the University will document how it enhances the learning, teaching and research mission by developing leadership abilities in all institutional stakeholders; contributing to the public scholarly understanding of leadership; and preparing students for lives of leadership for public purpose.

A Leadership for Public Purpose Classification Committee has been established and includes two sub-groups – a Planning Team and a Campus Team. A list of committee members can be found at the tab below.

Estimated Project Timeline

The project was launched on March 1, 2021, and committee members have since met with unit representatives across the University nominated or selected by their dean or supervisor, along with representatives from the Carnegie Foundation and Doerr Institute.


  • May 1 – June 15: 
    • Committee members to conduct qualitative interviews with campus units. 
    • Question: Where is leadership developed within your unit?
  • Sept. 1 – Nov. 1: 
    • Quantitative data collection across campus units
  • Dec. 15:
    • Final report completed and submitted

Examples of Leadership

Creighton’s Leadership for Public Purpose Classification Committee is interested in examples of leadership programs and initiatives across the University. Please email carnergie_leadership [at] creighton [dot] edu for questions and more information. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is this new classification?

The Carnegie Project is a partnership with the Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University. The Doerr Institute is committed to improvements in leadership education and development and has led the establishment of a new Carnegie Elective Classification: Leadership for Public Purpose. 

What is leadership for public purpose?

According to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, leadership for public purpose transcends functional or instrumental leadership (i.e., personal career or political gain, or narrow business or organization outcomes), in pursuit of collective public goods such as justice, equity, diversity and liberty. It can be manifest in all realms of social life – private business, public and nonprofit institutions, neighborhood and community life, professional associations, civil and government institutions, religious institutions, and more.

What is required to achieve this classification?

Carnegie Foundation Elective Classifications require institutions to undergo a rigorous process of self-study from which they provide evidence of their institutional indicators including: assessment of student learning, curricular and co-curricular offerings, faculty and staff rewards and contributions, mission statements, strategic plans, etc. Institutions that demonstrate, through the evidence they provide, an extraordinary institutional commitment, receive the Carnegie Foundation’s endorsement as a Classified Institution.

Why is Creighton University participating in this process?

Successfully achieving the Leadership for Public Purpose Classification will elevate Creighton as a national leader in leadership education and development. Creighton is among only 13 universities nationally, and the only Jesuit university, to be invited into this strategic and innovative initiative.

Who is involved at the University?

With support from Provost Mardell Wilson, EdD, and President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD, the University has formed a Leadership for Public Purpose Classification Committee to move this process forward. It will involve a comprehensive assessment of leadership education and development across Creighton’s Omaha and Phoenix campuses. 

What do we hope to achieve through this process?

Successfully prepare and submit a report to Carnegie to seek and obtain the Elective Classification of Leadership for Public Purpose. This designation will position Creighton’s commitment to Leadership for Public Purpose as a strategic differentiator among Jesuit, regional and national universities.  

What does this mean at a university setting?

Campuses that are committed to leadership for public purpose enhance the learning, teaching and research mission of their institution by: developing leadership abilities in all institutional stakeholders; contributing to the public scholarly understanding of leadership as a public good and the sociopolitical contexts, systems and practices within which all leadership resides; and preparing students for lives of leadership for public purpose in their careers, communities and the broader society. 

Leadership for Public Purpose Classification Committee

Planning Team

  • Jennifer Moss Breen, PhD, associate professor, Interdisciplinary Leadership EdD
  • Steve Titus, JD, PhD, executive coaching practice leader, Academic Search
  • Deb Ford, PhD, associate vice provost for Teaching & Learning Center; associate professor, Interdisciplinary Leadership EdD Program
  • Kathryn Onorato, MS’15, MS’19, program manager, Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (CIPER) and Creighton University at Highlander
  • Elizabeth (Liz) Kiscaden, MLIS, AHIP, associate vice provost for ITLS/University Librarian
  • Venkata Giri Andukuri, MD, MPH, assistant professor, School of Medicine
  • Lydia Holtz, MBA, program coordinator, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Renee Mixan, executive assistant, Graduate School

Campus Team

  • Tim Durham, BS, DDS, MPA, professor, School of Dentistry
  • Craig Dallon, JD, professor, School of Law
  • Ron Fussell, EdD, associate chair, Education Department; assistant professor, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Julia Shin EdD, MS, OTR/L, CKTP, assistant professor, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
  • Anne Schoening, PhD, RN, CNE, associate professor, College of Nursing
  • Lucas Novotny, MED, MBA, senior director, Housing and Auxiliary Service
  • Ravi Nath, PhD, professor, Heider College of Business; Jack and Joan McGraw Endowed Chair in Information Technology Management
  • Michael Gerg, DOT, OTR/L, assistant professor, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
  • Chris Stanczak, senior learning and development specialist, Human Resources
  • Rick Davis, director of communications, University Communications and Marketing
  • Andy Kammerer, senior director of corporate and foundation relations, University Relations