STRATEGIC PLANNING AT CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY
Message from President Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ
This year, the Creighton community celebrates the University’s 140th anniversary. In that span, Creighton’s students, faculty, staff, and alumni have achieved countless innovations and successes, all of which, collectively, have helped to shape this institution into what it is today.
While we celebrate our past, let us also embrace the momentum that propels us forward toward our sesquicentennial.
Across our campus, we are 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. The Rev. Arturo Sosa, SJ, superior general of the Society of Jesus, spoke in a July address about “university education aimed at universal citizenship.”
“Citizenship … involves identifying with something that is greater than the self, that is more encompassing than the individual’s own interests, which are always partial and narrow,” he said. “The awareness of citizens opens the eyes of individuals to the broad horizon of the community, of society, of the environment. It places them within the perspective of the common good and of personal responsibility for that which is collective, for the res publica, what is of interest and of benefit to the whole community.”
Wherever and however we impact the world, we do so through the transformational experience of a Creighton education. In and of our Jesuit, Catholic tradition, we remain mindful of Fr. Kolvenbach’s existential perspective, saying, “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 integrate the questions and realities of studies in the liberal arts with all that they learn and engage in our nine colleges and schools and our impressive array of graduate and professional programs in the health sciences, business, and law.
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 strategic plan outlines a course to advance that vision. The work we have accomplished together in forging this plan, and in moving thoughtfully and determinedly into the implementation phase, has begun to bear fruit. Many of our goals are making good progress. Still, much work lies ahead. Our strategic planning process continues in earnest, and I invite you to continue on this journey.
The Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ
President, Creighton University