Heider 100: the 2010s

Heider 100: the 2010s Highlights

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The Rev. Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., a 1973 graduate who received the Spirit of Creighton Award, was installed as Creighton University’s president on July 1, 2011. His tenure would last until early 2015, and during his time the University achieved record enrollments. Lannon presided over the Ignite the Greatness campaign, which raised more than $93 million in gifts and pledges. It also led to a seminal moment for the business college.

In October 2013, Creighton named its business college in honor of Charles Heider, BSC’49, Hon’10, and his wife, Mary Heider, Hon’10, who made a transformational gift during the Ignite the Greatness campaign. The Heiders became the largest donors in the University’s history.

Fr. Lannon was succeeded by the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, S.J., PhD, who became the 25th president of Creighton University. Fr. Hendrickson was a former adjunct Creighton philosophy instructor from 2000 to 2003 and served as an adjunct professor with Creighton’s Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC) in the Dominican Republic. Under the leadership of Fr. Hendrickson and Dean Anthony Hendrickson, PhD, the Heider College of Business continued to thrive. Enrollment in undergraduate business programs at Creighton grew from 648 students in 2010 to more than 1,100 by the fall of 2018, a rise of 74%.

  • In 2010, the Heiders received the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Creighton.
  • In 2013, Creighton Athletics joined the BIG EAST Conference, offering the entire University more exposure and a larger platform to make itself known nationally.
  • The Heider gift allowed the business college to relocate to the Harper Center, an on-campus building east of 24th Street that was just a few years old. 
  • Creighton became the first University in the country to support an Apple campus store when the iJay, an Apple-authorized, student-run campus store, opened in August 2013. In January 2014, the iJay Practicum launched.
  • Also in 2014, the Institute for Economic Inquiry, whose goal of generating robust discussions about markets and how economic freedom affects human flourishing, was established. 
  • In 2017, college leadership began work on curriculum adaptations to include soft social skills, such as communication, teamwork and empathy, and the ability to identify and capitalize on opportunities faster and more efficiently than competitors in a given business environment. These, and other adaptions, were formalized in the Heider Mindset Curriculum, which formally launched in fall 2020.
  • In the spring of 2019, the Heider College of Business announced a $25 million investment in its business building. Scott Heider was the catalyst behind the Heider Foundation’s lead gift for the project, which he called “Phase Two.” The renovation of the Harper Center carved out more spaces for business activities and added a warm feel to the building.

Notable Alumni

Diego Alvarez Molina, BSBA’13

Diego Alvarez Molina is a manager in Deloitte’s Cyber Risk Strategy practice, focusing on information security, strategy, defense and response across the financial services and technology industries. He has over eight years of experience in the planning, design, execution and delivery of numerous large-scale cybersecurity projects, which include assessing and developing an organization’s forward-looking cyber strategy, aligning an organization’s cyber operating model to its overall security and enterprise goals and assisting clients with strategies to manage emerging trends in cyber security, such as blockchain and 5G. 

Aside from his client work, Alvarez serves as Deloitte’s 5G/edge subject matter specialist and alliance leader, leading Deloitte’s efforts to develop the cyber 5G/edge perspective and formal solution offering. He also serves as the president of Deloitte’s Hispanic Network chapter in Chicago and manages the execution of more than 80 investments aimed at fostering disruption and innovation across the cyber practice at Deloitte. Additionally, he holds multiple cybersecurity certifications and has co-authored numerous white papers and two articles on the shift to 5G for the Wall Street Journal. 

While at Creighton, Alvarez was active in Alpha Sigma Nu and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies and participated in all four years of the Anna Tyler Waite Leadership Program. He assumed several leaderships roles, including vice president of the Financial Management Association and the International Student Association as well as vice president of finance for Gallagher Hall. Service was integral to his Creighton experience. He volunteered his time with numerous nonprofits, including Youth Leadership Omaha, and his efforts were recognized by the Heider College of Business Dean’s Honor Roll for Social Responsibility. 

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