Dean of the School of Law

Dean of the School of Law

Omaha, Nebraska

Creighton University, a private, coeducational, Catholic, Jesuit university located in Omaha, Nebraska, seeks a Dean of the School of Law with intellectual vision, energy, and the ability to inspire the School of Law community to new levels of excellence. Creighton’s School of Law has been educating aspiring attorneys in the theory, practice and ethics of lawyering for more than 100 years. Consistent with its mission, the School of Law’s motto is “educating for service and justice,” and its goal is to produce attorneys who not only meticulously care for their clients’ needs, but also recognize their own overarching duty to the profession and to society. Consistent with its mission, the School of Law provides students with intellectual challenge, academic rigor, and an opportunity to develop moral values for lifelong service in the law. This is an outstanding opportunity for a highly collaborative, forward-looking, enthusiastic leader to inspire a diverse community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni, and to guide the School as it continues to seek excellence as a premier law school with a focus on educating lawyers prepared to enter an increasingly complex, dynamic and global legal landscape.

Founded in 1878, Creighton University serves more than 8,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, who pursue degrees in more than 50 majors and 30 graduate and professional programs in nine schools and colleges. In addition to the School of Law, Creighton’s academic units include the College of Arts and Sciences, the Heider College of Business, the Graduate School, the College of Professional Studies, the College of Nursing and the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, and Pharmacy and Health Professions. Creighton is a top-ranked university and one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Grounded in the more than 450-year-old Jesuit tradition and guided by its Catholic identity of academic excellence and service to others, it is one of the most complex institutions of its size. It is consistently ranked number one among regional universities in the Midwest and is moving into a new era of growth and prominence, pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to scholarship, promoting excellence in teaching, research and service, and working toward a fully integrated experience embracing academics and student life.

The next Dean of the School of Law will join the University at a time of challenge and tremendous opportunity. The Dean will serve as a key member of the university leadership team and will lead a school that currently enrolls 296 students, drawn from 29 states and 146 undergraduate institutions, with this year’s starting class of 115 representing 25 states. In addition to a strong legal curriculum and dedicated faculty of 28 full-time professors and 42 adjunct professors, the School of Law runs clinics and offers an international exchange program as well as joint-degree programs and other opportunities.

The Dean will play a crucial role in defining the next era of the School of Law and addressing a number of key strategic and operational priorities. To be successful in this role, the Dean will:

  • Articulate a forward-looking vision that builds upon and celebrates the School’s history, identity, and potential;
  • Advocate for the School and collaborate with the University;
  • Foster transparent communication channels with faculty, students, staff, and alumni to enhance a sense of community;
  • Continue to recruit, retain, train, and place high-quality students;
  • Further engage with the external community with the external community and elevate the School’s national prominence.

Creighton University has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is required.

Julie Filizetti, Brett Barbour, and Sunny Zhang

Isaacson, Miller

1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300

San Francisco, CA  94111

Phone: 415.655.4900

Fax: 415.655.4905

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