“The members of the Board of Directors are delighted that Fr. Lannon, a 1973 Creighton graduate, has accepted our invitation to bring his considerable talents home to his alma mater,” said Creighton University Board of Directors Chair William Fitzgerald.”
Father Landon has used his “many talents” to make a number of improvements to Saint Joseph’s University such as implementing the new General Education Program, adding the Mc Guire campus, and renovating the Alumni Memorial Field House, now Hagan Arena. He also has plans to move into newly renovated classroom space in Merion Hall on the Maguire Campus, break ground on a new residence hall and begin work on the expansion of Drexel Library to create a state- of-the-art learning center, the Post Learning Commons
“While I am honored to be selected as the next president of Creighton, this is truly a bittersweet time for me. I have been equally honored to serve and work with the Saint Joseph’s community for the past seven years and will truly miss the people and spirit of our campus, particularly the students, when departing at the end of this academic year,” said Lannon in his address to students on the Saint Joseph’s website.
Soon, SJU will begin the search for a new president. Many of the past presidents have been Jesuit, a dying breed. Many believe that hiring someone who is not Jesuit could bring some major changes to the school, and it could be highly controversial. The entire Saint Joseph’s Community will be eagerly awaiting the announcement of a new president.
Father Lannon’s many contributions will be remembered forever, and he will be greatly missed.