The “Ignite the Greatness” campaign to support Creighton University's newly named business school has topped $93 million, Creighton announced Wednesday.
The record-breaking campaign includes the donation from Charles and Mary Heider, who became the university's largest donors in history with an undisclosed gift that led to Creighton's first named school — the Heider College of Business. The campaign results were announced at an open house Wednesday to celebrate the new name.
Charlie Heider, 87, a 1949 Creighton business graduate, is a longtime Omaha investment adviser. Combined with earlier donations for scholarships and faculty chairs, the Heiders surpassed a $50 million anonymous donation to become Creighton's biggest donors. They have not disclosed their total giving.
The Rev. Timothy Lannon, Creighton's president, said in a statement that it's “a historic time” for Creighton University.
“We are blessed to have donors who share our vision — graduating men and women who not only have the skills to succeed in business, but who are inspired to be business leaders grounded in ethics and service to others,” Lannon said.
The campaign was chaired by Scott Heider, Charles and Mary Heider's son, and Mark Huber. Both serve on the Creighton Board of Trustees and were also major donors, along with the Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation, Union Pacific and others. About 1,200 people gave altogether since the campaign was announced last fall, Creighton officials said.
The campaign will support building renovations as well as academic programs and bolster an enrollment goal to grow the Heider College of Business from 700 to 1,000 students, said Anthony R. Hendrickson, dean of the Heider College of Business.
“We will do that by continuing to offer our students real-world business experience, a dynamic curriculum that keeps pace with an ever-changing business environment, and by taking advantage of the inter-professional opportunities at Creighton,” Hendrickson said.