Joe Ricketts, a 1968 College of Arts and Sciences graduate, will no longer be honored at Creighton’s inaugural Evening of Honors this Friday.
In an email early Wednesday, university president, the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, S.J. informed the Creighton community that Ricketts will no longer be honored due to personal emails sent from Ricketts that came out Tuesday.
The emails, sent between 2009 and 2013, “focused on a fear of Muslims and contained conspiracy theories about former President Barack Obama,” according to the New York Times.
In his statement to Creighton, Hendrickson said the “comments in [his] personal emails do not reflect the values of our Jesuit, Catholic mission, including our focus on inclusiveness and diversity.”
Hendrickson said after a discussion Tuesday with Ricketts, he will not be receiving the award for his notable achievements.
Ricketts has apologized for his emails in a statement on his website.
“I deeply regret and apologize for some of the exchanges I had in my emails,” Ricketts wrote.
“Sometimes I received emails that I should have condemned. Other times I’ve said things that don’t reflect my value system. I strongly believe that bigoted ideas are wrong.”
Ricketts was set to receive the Alumni Achievement Citation, the most prestigious all-university award presented to Creighton alumni.
He was being recognized for his business successes and his philanthropic works. Ricketts is the founder and former chairman and CEO of TD Ameritrade and his family owns the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley field.
Ricketts is also an emeritus member of the Creighton Board of Trustees.