STRATEGIC PLANNING AT CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY
Message from President Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ
As we prepare for our 140th anniversary in September, Creighton University also is preparing for an exciting new era of opportunity and promise, one that combines our tradition for educational excellence and distinctive Jesuit, Catholic mission with a bold vision for the future.
The late Jesuit Superior General the Very Rev. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, SJ, in a 2000 speech, described Jesuit colleges and universities as “highly sophisticated institutions of learning” … “larger, better equipped, more complex and professional than ever before.” Indeed, that is even more true today. In this, we have an obligation to our students to prepare them well for professional success in an increasingly globalized and interconnected world. In our Jesuit, Catholic tradition, however, we also owe them something more.
Fr. Kolvenbach put it succinctly: “What our students want—and deserve—includes but transcends this ‘worldly success’ based on marketable skills. The real measure of our Jesuit universities lies in who our students become.”
Our students become not only business leaders, journalists, health care professionals, lawyers, entrepreneurs, biologists, and more. They become Creighton business leaders, Creighton journalists, Creighton health care professionals, Creighton lawyers, etc. They are called to enter the “gritty reality of this world” so that they can feel it, engage it, and respond to it.
This is our difference. Our approach emphasizes the formation of the whole student— intellectually, spiritually, and socially. In that, we are preparing the types of graduates that the world desperately needs—problem-solvers, critical thinkers, ethical leaders, and skilled professionals who courageously tackle the complex issues facing society.
This plan outlines a course to advance that vision. I invite you on this journey.
Let us dream big, push boundaries, think creatively. Opportunity awaits. The real measure of our success lies in who we will become.
The Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ
President, Creighton University