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This past weekend I attended the inaugural of Fr. Tim
Lannon, SJ as the 24th President of Creighton University. When a President is inaugurated at a Jesuit
university, the other Jesuit schools are asked to send a representative. I was on the Creighton faculty for 19 years
before coming to Seattle U., so I, along with Fr. Mike Bayard, SJ, represented
SU at the installation.
I first got to know Fr. Lannon when I was on the Creighton
faculty and he was President of Creighton Prep High School. We were both asked to serve on a Supervisory
Committee for the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.
It seems the fraternity had engaged in some inappropriate activity and
was on the verge of being booted off campus.
The only way they could remain was under the direction of a supervisory
committee consisting of Phi Psi alumni and faculty. Yes, that means Fr. Lannon, the first alum to
serve as President of Creighton, was a fraternity brother when he was a
student. (And I had to be inducted into
the fraternity so I could serve as a faculty advisor!)
There is no doubt in my mind that Fr. Lannon will be a great
President for Creighton. He has a great
way with people and was an inspiring leader at Creighton Prep and St. Joseph’s
University in Philadelphia, where he was before returning to Creighton.
Returning to campus, I was able to see the tremendous improvements
that have taken place with the campus infrastructure. The campus footprint is much larger than when
I left, and many buildings have been added during the presidency of Fr. John Schlegel,
SJ. While this is very impressive, it is
not the campus facilities that make Creighton an outstanding academic
institution. Returning to campus after
being gone for ten years, I was able to visit with a number of my former
colleagues. It was a reminder of the many wonderful faculty and staff at
Creighton. They are good at what they do
and dedicated to the university and its students (just like the faculty and
staff at SU). I dare not name names
because I will leave someone out, but it is really the people that make
Creighton a great institution! And I
know they will thrive under Fr. Lannon’s leadership!
The trip back was an opportunity to remind myself about the
great network of 28 Jesuit universities in the US and the quality of education
they deliver. Seattle University is not
alone in its mission and its success! It
is also a reminder that great leadership (Fr. Lannon at CU or Fr. Sundborg at
SU) and great facilities (the new library at SU or the Harper Center at CU) are
important for the success of a university, but not as important as the
competence and dedication of the faculty and staff.
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