Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD, is the 25th president of Creighton University, with campuses in Omaha and Phoenix. His priorities since becoming president in 2015 include bolstering the role of humanities in higher education; embracing a global focus; and enlarging Creighton’s health sciences educational reach.
During Hendrickson’s tenure, Creighton has seen enrollment grow to more than 8,700 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students; achieved greater national recognition; and opened a $100 million health sciences campus in Phoenix, making it one of the largest Catholic health professions educators in the U.S. Creighton has also achieved recognition for undergraduate teaching, research, and internship opportunities
With undergraduate programs in arts and sciences, business, and nursing, and graduate and professional programs including dentistry, law, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, and physician assistant, Creighton is an interdisciplinary and interprofessional education leader. A collaborative health sciences education facility is currently under construction on the Omaha campus.
With Hendrickson’s leadership, Creighton recently launched its most ambitious fundraising campaign, Forward Blue, to raise $650 million in support of scholarships, campus improvements, and mission-driven services and programs.
Hendrickson’s other achievements include authoring Jesuit Higher Education in a Secular Age: A Response to Charles Taylor and the Crisis of Fullness, to be published in spring 2022. The book explores the history and relevance of the liberal arts and humanities and how Jesuit education aids students’ self-awareness, sense of global solidarity, and aptitude for inspiration, awe, and gratitude.
He serves on the boards of Boston College and Xavier University and is a trustee of ILAC/Centro de Educación para la Salud Integral in the Dominican Republic and Jesuit Worldwide Learning.
Hendrickson holds a BA from Marquette University; an MA in philosophical resources from Fordham University; a Master of Divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University; and MA and PhD degrees from Columbia University.