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Creighton University president plans to retire in June 2015

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Creighton University's president, Jesuit Father Timothy Lannon, said Feb. 24 he plans to retire from the post in June 2015, and that he came to the decision after reflecting on his health and what is best for the university.

Father Lannon collapsed while celebrating Mass at Thanksgiving, and in December he underwent a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat.

"There is never a perfect time for leadership transition, but I feel the time is right for me and provides our Creighton Board of Trustees more than a year to elect my successor," Father Lannon said in a news release.

Father Lannon, a graduate of the university, became president in 2011. His accomplishments include affiliating Omaha-based Creighton with the Big East Conference, relocating the College of Business and making other campus renovations, and expanding Creighton's affiliation with Alegent Health to form Alegent Creighton Clinic and Alegent Creighton Health, now one of the top 15 healthcare systems in the country.

Father Lannon said he did not have specific plans once he retires as president, but he hopes to serve the church in a more pastoral and less administrative capacity.

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