STRATEGIC PLANNING AT CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY
Message from President Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
At Convocation, we celebrated the founding in 1878 of Creighton as a Jesuit, Catholic university by a courageous, faith-filled, entrepreneurial, and service-minded family. The members of the Creighton family valued education, community, and helping others as they pushed the limits of their society to accomplish more than the status quo.
Jesuits, faculty, and staff continue doing so, and generations of students have been formed, informed, and transformed by such efforts. To this day, the Creightons’ spirit, their values, and our shared participation in the legacy of Jesuit higher learning are what drive the University: faith; dedication to academic excellence, innovative research, and community engagement; and commitment to making a difference locally, nationally, and globally.
With that in mind, I embarked last year to establish and formalize institutional planning. This new effort began in fall 2015 through listening sessions with Creighton faculty, staff, and students, and gained momentum in our spring 2016 Area Examen process. In summer 2016, I appointed Dr. Mary Chase, vice provost for Enrollment Management and University Planning, and Mr. Paul McGreal, dean, School of Law, co-chairs of University Planning charged with developing robust process and communication for strategic planning. The process took on structure with my announcement of the President’s Planning Committee to lead a strategic planning process that is collaborative and communicative. To communicate widely with the University community, I appointed a Steering Committee through a campus-wide nomination process to serve as liaisons between the strategic planning process and their units and departments. And we gathered at all-campus Town Hall meetings to learn about the challenges and opportunities that must inform our strategic planning, and to share our hopes and dreams for the future of Creighton.
The richness of dialogue that developed since my arrival on campus has guided each step of our strategic planning journey. Indeed, the feedback I received from over 250 community members for the December Education Advisory Board Town Hall spoke with power and clarity: It is time for focus and action. Heeding this message, my 2017 Founders Week Convocation Address announced Goal Categories that more sharply define the scope of our work around my vision for the University, along with Goal Stewards that I selected and named to engage us in developing strategic planning Goals and Tactics. I am eager to see the fruits of their leadership.
It is an exciting and vital time at Creighton as we set forth to shape the future – and honor the founding traditions and rich Jesuit, Catholic heritage – of this great institution. The name of the plan document shared at Convocation captures this spirit – Mobilizing Tradition for Innovation. As we do so, I invite you to visit this website for regular updates as our planning process continues. As always, I welcome your continued feedback and support. Please feel free to submit your feedback through this site.
I am grateful for your partnership on this important journey to an even bolder future.
Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ