Timothy R. Lannon

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Timothy R. Lannon, S.J.
24th President of the Creighton University
Term July 1, 2011 – Present
Predecessor John P. Schlegel, S.J.
26th President of the Saint Joseph's University
Term 2003 – May 18, 2011
Predecessor Nicholas S. Rashford, S.J.
Successor John Smithson
Alma mater Creighton University
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Profession Jesuit priest, academic
Religion Roman Catholic

Timothy R. Lannon, S.J. is, since July 1, 2011, the current and 24th president of Creighton University. He was previously the president of Saint Joseph's University.[1]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., is a native of Mason City, Iowa.[1] His father, James Lannon, played football at Creighton University, where he earned a medical degree during the 1930s.[2]

Lannon graduated from Newman Catholic High School in 1969.[1] He graduated from Creighton in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, and was president of the Student Board of Governors. While at Creighton, Lannon was also an active member in the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. Fr. Lannon holds two master’s degrees from Weston Jesuit School of Theology (now Boston College School of Theology and Ministry); a doctorate in administration, planning and social policy from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University; and a professional diploma from Fordham University.

Career[edit]

Lannon entered the Jesuits in 1977.[1] He was ordained a Catholic priest of the Society of Jesus in 1986.[1]

Lannon began his professional career as an admissions counselor at Creighton and honed his educational and administrative skills as an instructor and assistant principal at Marquette University High School, an instructor at Boston College, and an assistant professor at Marquette University.

Lannon served as the President of Creighton Preparatory School, a Jesuit all-male high school in Omaha, from 1988 until 1995.[1] He then joined Marquette University, where he served as the vice president for university advancement and associate executive vice president.[1]

Fr. Lannon received Creighton University’s College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Merit Award in 1993 and has been inducted into Creighton Prep’s Hall of Fame. As an undergraduate, he received Creighton’s highest student honor, the Spirit of Creighton Award, in 1973.

President of Saint Joseph's University (2003-2011)[edit]

Lannon was elected as president of Saint Joseph's University on December 6, 2002.[3] He was chosen to succeed Rev. Nicholas S. Rashford, who has served as Saint Joseph's president for seventeen years.[3] Lannon became the 26th President of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during the summer of 2003.

Lannon spearheaded the acquisition of the 38-acre former Episcopal Academy in Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania,[4] which has been renamed the Maguire Campus in honor of James J. Maguire, a Saint Joseph's alumnus. Lannon also added new residence halls and a parking garage to Saint Joseph's main campus. The renovation of Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse, which will be called Michael J. Hagan arena when completed, was begun during his tenure.

Saint Joseph's capital campaign has raised approximately $141.8 million of a $150 million goal as of September 2010 towards the end of Lannon's term as president.[4][5]

In 2008, Father Lannon became the chairman of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.[1] Additionally, Lannon serves on the boards of directors of Marquette University, Saint Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania.

President of Creighton University[edit]

On Friday, September 10, 2010, Lannon was elected the 24th president of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.[1] He stepped down as President of Saint Joseph's University on May 18, 2011. He officially became president of Creighton on July 1, 2011. On Monday, February 24, 2014, Lannon announced he would step down as President, effective 2015, due to health reasons.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Johnson, Richard (2010-09-10). "Mason City native Lannon named Creighton president". Mason City Globe Gazette. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  2. ^ Ruggles, Rick (2010-09-10). "Lannon: CU changed my life". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  3. ^ a b "MaLannon to head St. Joe's". Philadelphia Business Journal. 2002-12-02. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  4. ^ a b "St. Joseph’s president Lannon leaving for Creighton". Philadelphia Business Journal. 2010-09-10. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  5. ^ Koch, Sam (2010-09-10). "Q&A with Lannon". The Hawk (Saint Joseph's University Newspaper). Retrieved 2010-10-02. 

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