Alumni Achievement Citation

Current Recipient: The Honorable Michael G. Fahey, BA'73, HON'09

May 2015

Michael G. FaheyA 1973 graduate of Creighton University, Michael Fahey is a loyal alumnus, dynamic leader and committed person for others. In his public service, philanthropy and ongoing support of civic, cultural and educational endeavors, Fahey continuously and unselfishly volunteers his time and talent.

Fahey was sworn in as Omaha’s 49th mayor in 2001 and was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2005. Fahey served two terms as Omaha’s mayor and was instrumental in the city’s economic development efforts and the renaissance of downtown Omaha. He worked to provide positive educational options for Omaha youth, and opened a new day shelter facility as part of his vision to break the cycle of homelessness for the city’s poorest citizens.

A successful business executive, Fahey began a small title insurance company, American Land Title, in 1978. He sold it in 1990 but remained CEO, guiding the company to become one of the nation’s largest.

Fahey served on a task force to enhance after-school mentoring and tutoring for Omaha school children, and was one of 16 individuals honored by the Afterschool Alliance in 2008 for his work in this area. He is also an active member of the Nebraska Community Center Learning Network, a public-private partnership supporting school-community collaborations.

Fahey has served on the boards of Holy Name Housing, the American Red Cross Heartland Chapter and Creighton Preparatory School. From 1981 to 1991, Fahey served on the Omaha Planning Board and served as chairman from 1984 to 1991.

He established an annual scholarship at Creighton for students in need who are involved in student life and leadership. Another gift supported the John P. Fahey Career Center on campus, which was named for his brother, a 1971 Creighton law graduate. Through a gift during the Ignite the Greatness campaign in 2014, Fahey honored his sister, Sister Mary Ann Fahey, CSJ, by naming a room in the Harper Center in her memory.

For his service to and support of the Omaha community and Creighton University, Creighton University is proud to present the Hon. Michael G. Fahey with its Alumni Achievement Citation.


Criteria for the Award

  • Being a degreed alumnus/alumna of Creighton University.
  • Having provided distinguished service to his/her community, to the state, to learning, or mankind; to the arts, to the sciences, or by constructive philanthropy or some other outstanding public service.
  • Reflecting honor on his/her Alma Mater through a manifestation of intellectual ability which would suggest his/her recognition by this University.
  • Manifesting such qualities in his/her personal life that would mark him/her as cultured and of high moral principles guided by the Jesuit ideals of being men and wome n for others.


  • When completing questions 1 and 2 on the nomination form, it is critical that nominators provide specific examples of how the nominee meets the criteria for this citation.
  • A supporting resume/curriculum vitae must accompany the nomination.
  • Up to three letters of support will be accepted.

The Alumni Achievement Citation may be granted at Commencement, or at any regular or designated convocation of the total University.