President's Biography

President's Biography

Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ, PhD, is the 25th president of Creighton University. A Nebraska native, Fr. Hendrickson earned his BA in psychology and theology from Marquette University in 1993 and entered the Society of Jesus in 1994. He received his 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.

Fr. Hendrickson’s first contact with Creighton was as a student in the Jesuit Humanities Program in 1996. He returned as an adjunct instructor of philosophy from 2000 to 2003. He also served as an adjunct professor with Creighton’s Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC) program in Santiago, Dominican Republic, in 2002. Fr. Hendrickson was a visiting instructor at Jordan University College in Morogoro, Tanzania, and an adjunct professor of philosophy at Fordham University.

In 2012, he returned to Marquette University as associate vice president in the Office of the Executive Vice President, working closely with the president, provost and academic deans. He then became an associate provost for academic initiatives at Marquette. While in administrative posts at Marquette, Fr. Hendrickson also taught each semester jointly in the Department of Philosophy and College of Education, and he served as the co-director of the Burke Scholars service and leadership program.

He was elected to the Creighton Board of Trustees in 2013. Today, he serves on the boards of Boston College and Xavier University. He was elected president of Creighton in December 2014 and began his tenure July 1, 2015.

Fr. Hendrickson has a special interest in education with a global perspective. His international travel and immersion experiences have taken him to over 30 countries on nearly every continent. He is a trustee of ILAC/Centro de Educación para la Salud Integral (CESI) in the Dominican Republic and a trustee of Jesuit Worldwide Learning (JWL).

Fr. Hendrickson, who grew up in Fremont, Nebraska, and graduated from Mount Michael Benedictine High School in Elkhorn, comes from a family of educators. His identical twin, the Rev. D. Scott Hendrickson, SJ, DPhil, is an associate professor of modern languages at Loyola University Chicago, while his older brother, Ryan C. Hendrickson, PhD, is dean of the Graduate School and vice provost for sponsored research at Eastern Illinois University.