The Cristo Rey Network Board of Directors recently approved the appointment of the organization’s newest board member, Fr. Thomas W. Neitzke, SJ, Ed.D.
As Dean and Executive Director at Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago, Fr. Neitzke leads the two-year degree institution that offers a rigorous education to a diverse population, many of whom are the first in their family to pursue higher education.
Prior to Arrupe College, Fr. Neitzke served as president of Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha and was also an adjunct faculty member at Creighton University in the Graduate School. In addition, he taught courses in strategic and political leadership, school law, foundations of education, and supervised internships in elementary/secondary administration. His teaching continues. Today, he enjoys being an adjunct faculty member for the Jesuit Worldwide Learning: Higher Education at the Margins.
“Fr. Neitzke’s impressive background, leadership, and invaluable experiences will add promising value to our board,” said Cristo Rey Network President and CEO Elizabeth Goettl. “His mission-driven mindset and deep roots in non-profit organizations will bolster our shared commitment to college completion for the young men and women we enroll.”
His board and civic engagements are notable. Fr. Neitzke served as chairman of the board at Creighton Preparatory School before his term as president, and he currently serves on the boards of Marquette University, Scranton University and Marquette University High School. His past board service includes Georgetown Preparatory School, Loyola Academy, Seattle University, Brophy College Preparatory School and Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands.
Fr. Neitzke earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Loyola University in Chicago and furthered his education with a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of San Francisco, a master of divinity degree from Santa Clara University, and a doctorate from Creighton University focusing on educational leadership. His dissertation, Jesuit Collaborative Fundraising: Religious and Secular Non-Profit Partnerships, studied the historical and modern roots of Jesuit fundraising and presented a collaborative process between secular and religious non-profit organizations.
With the appointment of Fr. Neitzke, the Board is now comprised of 35 prominent leaders from the business, education, and religious sectors to govern the Cristo Rey Network.