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Creighton University

Creighton University’s provost, Mardell A. Wilson, EdD, is the institution’s chief academic officer. The Office of the Provost oversees each aspect of the educational experience for all Creighton students.

About the Provost

Mardell Wilson, EdD, was named provost at Creighton University effective Oct. 1, 2020.

Dr. Wilson previously served as professor and dean of the Edward and Margaret Doisy College of Health Sciences at Saint Louis University (SLU) since August 2014.

Prior to her time at SLU, Dr. Wilson spent 17 years as a professor and administrator at Illinois State University. From 2009 to 2014, she served as the associate vice president for Academic Fiscal Management in the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Illinois State.

She began her tenure at Illinois State in 1997 as an assistant professor of food, nutrition and dietetics in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and was promoted to full professor in 2010. She also served terms as acting associate provost and assistant provost.

Dr. Wilson earned her undergraduate degree in human resources and family studies dietetics from the University of Illinois and her master’s degree in the field from Eastern Illinois University. Her EdD is in curriculum and instruction from Illinois State University. Dr. Wilson is a registered dietitian nutritionist.

At both SLU and Illinois State, Dr. Wilson worked to cultivate an environment in which inclusivity and appreciation for diverse perspectives were fostered and celebrated.

With her background in the allied health professions and in her role as dean of the health sciences college at SLU, Dr. Wilson effectively collaborated with deans and faculty across the university’s schools and colleges, and developed a five-year research plan, a peer-reviewed publication support program, and the foundation for an interdisciplinary PhD program, among other initiatives.

Academic Policies


Center for Faculty Excellence

Deans of Schools and Colleges

Robert “Bo” Dunlay, MD

Dean, School of Medicine

robertdunlay [at] creighton [dot] edu

Joshua P. Fershee, JD

Dean, School of Law

JoshuaFershee [at] creighton [dot] edu

Kevin Fitzgerald, SJ, PhD, PhD

Dean, Graduate School and College of Professional Studies

KevinFitzGerald [at] creighton [dot] edu

Anthony R. Hendrickson, PhD

Dean, Heider College of Business

anthonyhendrickson [at] creighton [dot] edu

Bridget Keegan, PhD

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

bmkeegan [at] creighton [dot] edu

Evan T. Robinson, RPh, PhD

Dean, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
EvanRobinson [at] creighton [dot] edu

Catherine M. Todero, PhD, RN, FAAN, (BSN’72)

Vice Provost, Health Sciences Campuses

Dean, College of Nursing

catherinetodero [at] creighton [dot] edu

Jillian A. Wallen, DBS, MS

Dean, School of Dentistry

JillianWallen [at] creighton [dot] edu

Divisions and Areas

All schools and colleges report to the provost, in addition to the following areas:

Enrollment Management

Mary E. Chase, EdD
Vice Provost, Enrollment Management
MaryChase [at] creighton [dot] edu

Global Engagement

René Padilla, PhD
Vice Provost, Global Engagement
RenePadilla [at] creighton [dot] edu

Learning and Assessment

Gail M. Jensen, PhD
Vice Provost, Learning and Assessment
GailJensen [at] creighton [dot] edu


Elizabeth Kiscaden, MLIS, AHIP
Assistant Vice Provost, Library Services/University Librarian
elizabethkiscaden [at] creighton [dot] edu

Student Life

Tanya Winegard, PhD
Vice Provost, Student Life
TanyaWinegard [at] creighton [dot] edu

Research and Scholarship

Julie Strauss-Soukup, PhD
Associate Vice Provost, Research & Scholarship
jksoukup [at] creighton [dot] edu

Research Compliance

Joseph A. Knezetic, PhD
Director, Research Compliance
joek [at] creighton [dot] edu

Sponsored Programs Administration

Beth Herr, MPA, CRA, CFRA
Director, Sponsored Programs Administration
bherr [at] creighton [dot] edu

Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURAS)

Carol A. Fasbinder-Orth, PhD
Director, CURAS
carol-fassbinder-orth [at] creighton [dot] edu