“I thank Creighton University’s Board of Directors for the tremendous honor they have bestowed on me,” Fr. Lannon said. “While at Creighton many years ago, my life was transformed. Now I have the opportunity to come home and continue the visionary momentum of this institution. I am privileged to return to Omaha and join with the administration, faculty, staff, students and dedicated alumni as we together write the next chapter of educational excellence at this great University.”
Fr. Lannon has many personal and professional connections with the Omaha community, in addition to being a Creighton alumnus. He served as president of Creighton Preparatory School from 1988 to 1995. His father graduated with a medical degree from Creighton in 1936. Fr. Lannon has been inducted into Creighton Prep’s Hall of Fame and received Creighton University’s Alumni Merit Award in 1993.
Fr. Lannon holds multiple degrees from Creighton University, Weston Jesuit School of Theology (now Boston College School of Theology and Ministry) and Harvard University. A native of Mason City, Iowa, Fr. Lannon entered the Society of Jesus in 1977 and was ordained a priest in 1986. During his early years he honed his educational and administrative skills while serving as an assistant principal and instructor at Jesuit institutions, as well as an admissions counselor at Creighton.
Dear Members of the National Alumni Board,
I write to you today with a heavy heart. As announced earlier this afternoon in Omaha, I have been appointed the 24th president of Creighton University, my alma matter, effective July 2011. While I am honored to be selected as the next president of Creighton, it is truly a bittersweet time for me. I have been equally honored to serve and work with the extended Saint Joseph’s community for the past seven years, and I will truly miss the people and spirit of the University when departing at the end of this academic year.
Reflecting on my Saint Joseph’s’ experience, I am humbled and overwhelmed by your passionate enthusiasm and support of the University. It is you, our alumni, who are our greatest ambassadors. Your positive response to the ongoing capital campaign, “With Faith and Strength to Dare: the Campaign for Saint Joseph’s University” – which to date has raised $141 million of its stated $150 million goal – is a testament to the commitment of building on your own Saint Joseph’s experience.
Your additional commitment as a member of the National Alumni Board further demonstrates your dedication to a great University, and I am truly grateful for that loyalty. Like you, I continue to have great aspirations for the future of Saint Joseph’s and look forward to your continued partnership with us.
Saint Joseph’s University is a genuinely amazing place. I am a better person and priest because of my time here as well as the enduring relationships gained along the way. Paul Hondros ’70, chair of the Board of Trustees, will be communicating with the entire SJU community regarding the search for the next president and, of course, each of you will be instrumental in ensuring a smooth and effective transition.
May God continue to bless each of us and the work we do in support of Saint Joseph’s University.
Timothy R. Lannon, S.J.
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