OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- Creighton University has received a transformational $10 million gift from alumnus and former faculty member George Haddix, PhD, MA’66, and his wife, Susan. It will be used to build and enhance academic programming in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Creighton President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, made the announcement Thursday. It is the largest single gift to support academic programming in the University’s 139-year history.
According to a news release, "the Haddixes’ significant investment will build upon and enhance the University’s reputation as a leader in undergraduate education in the first and oldest of Creighton’s nine colleges and schools, and the one that informs so much of the University’s core curriculum."
The gift will be the cornerstone of four distinct academic initiatives in the college:
- The Haddix Faculty Innovation Fund, including renovation and modernization of the Rigge Science Building laboratories
- The Haddix Faculty Research Incubator
- The Haddix 24th Street STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Corridor
- The Haddix Ignatian Advising Program.
“Susan and George’s generosity will not only impact generations of students in the College of Arts and Sciences, but it will also build and enhance a legacy of faculty support George created many years ago, by giving our professors the resources to create new knowledge for our world, and enhance our preeminence in the country for providing research opportunities to undergraduates,” Fr. Hendrickson said. “This is a historic gift for the University, but it is also an investment in the community. Creighton is in and of the fabric of Omaha, especially its downtown community, and this gift allows us to keep working with and positively influencing our neighbors and the city.”