Dr. Sean Creighton became president of NAC&U on March 4, 2019. Prior to joining NAC&U, Dr. Creighton was president at the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) where he now holds the title of president emeritus. Under his 15-year leadership, SOCHE experienced significant growth, adding new education and civic programs, leading community-based initiatives, starting a for-profit subsidiary to support research and development, and completing a merger with another nonprofit to advance workforce solutions for the region. SOCHE received numerous accolades and awards for its collaborative work in Ohio, including the Dayton Business Journal’s Nonprofit of the Year and Innovation Index Award.
A dedicated public servant, Creighton currently serves on boards for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, International Leadership Association, and TEDxDayton. Recently, he completed ten years as an elected school board member in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Creighton has published and presented extensively on higher education, collaboration, civic engagement, and talent retention, and has been a principal investigator for the Kettering Foundation on research projects concerning the civic mission of higher education. He resides in Dayton, Ohio, with his wife, Leslee, and his five children, Liam, Maya, Quinn, Audrey, and Juliette.