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The Globe Gazette
Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
February 25, 2014

Mason City native to retire as head of Creighton University

OMAHA -- The Rev. Timothy R. Lannon, a native of Mason City, announced Tuesday his plans to retire as president of Creighton University in June 2015.

Lannon, a 1969 graduate of Newman Catholic High School and a 1973 Creighton graduate, is the first Creighton alumnus to head the university. He became president on July 1, 2011, after having served eight years as president of St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia.

Both Creighton and St. Joseph's are Roman Catholic and Jesuit universities.

“The past three months allowed me to reflect on my health and what is best for the university," Lannon said in a news release from Creighton. "There is never a perfect time for leadership transition, but I feel the time is right for me and provides our Creighton Board of Trustees more than a year to elect my successor."

He said he believes there is another role for him, one that will be even more pastoral and less administrative.

"But do not doubt, I have much on my list to accomplish in the next 15 months,” he said.

Creighton University Board of Trustees chairman Bruce Rohde said Lannon is recognized and respected as an exceptional leader that has generated hallmark advances for the university.

“Under Lannon’s vision and leadership, Creighton has made remarkable achievements including the landmark clinical partnership with Alegent Creighton Health; the largest renovation of academic areas in the history of the University; the strategic development of the Heider College of Business; the adoption of the Provost model; the courageous move to the Big East athletic conference and the finalization of a multi-year strategic plan," he said.

Lannon said now is the best time to have a transition leadership because the momentum is at a high point to shape effectively the future of the university.

"I am deeply grateful to the Creighton community for all that they have done on behalf of our students — Creighton would not be the university it is today without them," he said.

Photograph courtesy of Globe-Gazette/Tim Ackarman

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2014



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