Briefing Room


John W. Creighton ’57 Receives University Distinguished Service Award

December 14, 2009 | Alumni

John W. Creighton Jr. ’57 was honored with the University’s Distinguished Service Award by The Ohio State University during its Autumn Commencement.

Creighton is strategic director of the Seattle-based venture capital company Madrona Venture Group. He was president and CEO of Weyerhaeuser Company from 1990 to 1998. Following the 9/11 terrorist attack, he served as interim chair and CEO of United Airlines, leading the airline through complex union negotiations. Subsequently, he became vice chair of Unocal Corporation. He currently serves on the board of Intrepid Learning Solutions and Saltchuk Resources in Seattle.

A two-time graduate of Ohio State, Mr. Creighton earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1954 and his law degree in 1957. He also holds an MBA from the University of Miami, Florida, and is a certified public accountant.

He has remained close to his alma mater, serving on The Ohio State University Foundation Board and providing guidance to the University’s development efforts in the northwestern United States. He was instrumental in planning the renovations to William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library, offering significant support to the Special Collections Reading Room and the office of the head of Rare Books and Manuscripts.

He has played a leading role in helping The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law rise to national prominence through the creation of the innovative Program on Law and Leadership, which exposes law students to the values of leadership in their community and their professional and personal lives. In 2003, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Moritz College of Law and the Cullman Executive Award from the Fisher College of Business.

Mr. Creighton has been actively involved with a number of professional and civic organizations, including the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America, where he is a director and past national president, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He is a director and former chair of the Washington State University Foundation Board and a civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army for the state of Washington.

He is co-chair of the Seattle World Trade Center and a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Trade Award from the government of Japan, which recognizes individuals who have made outstanding efforts to promote trade between Japan and the rest of the world.

Also honored during the Dec. 13 ceremony was Mildred L. Chavous, retired staff member of Ohio State’s graduate school. An honorary doctorate was presented to Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, the president of Iceland.