Jesuit Daniel Hendrickson named president of Creighton University: "He's smart. He's bright. He's priestly."

OMAHA, Neb. (CNS) -- Jesuit Father Daniel Hendrickson, an associate provost of academic initiatives at Marquette University in Milwaukee and a member of Creighton University's board of trustees, will be the 25th president of Creighton in Omaha.

The 44-year-old priest, a Nebraska native, will take the post July 1.

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He succeeds Jesuit Father Timothy Lannon, 63, who accepted the position three years ago but is leaving for health reasons.

Father Hendrickson will take the university far, said Father Lannon. "He's smart. He's bright. He's priestly."

Father Hendrickson obtained a bachelor's degree in psychology and theology at Marquette before entering the Society of Jesus in 1994. He was ordained in 2006 and has a master's degree in philosophical resources from Fordham University in New York, a master of divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University in California and a master of arts and a doctor of philosophy degree from Columbia University in New York.

He serves on boards for two other Jesuit schools: Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and Xavier University in Cincinnati. He has taught at Creighton, Jordan University College in Morogoro, Tanzania, and Fordham. He has also taught college programs in the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Greece, Guatemala and India.

Father Hendrickson has two siblings involved with higher education: His identical twin, Jesuit Father D. Scott Hendrickson, is an assistant professor of modern languages at Loyola University Chicago, and his older brother, Ryan Hendrickson, is a political science professor at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

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Szalewski is on the staff of the Catholic Voice, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Omaha.

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