- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - The president of the University of Dayton says he will step down in June 2016.

Daniel Curran in 2002 became the first lay president of the Catholic university in southwest Ohio. His time has been marked by wide-ranging growth, from first-year applications to endowments to the university’s land and buildings. The school has expanded in China, while becoming academically more selective and attracting more students from outside Ohio.

Board of trustees chairman Steve Cobb says Curran has been a “thoughtful and innovative visionary in higher education.”

The school says the 64-year-old sociologist plans to take a one-year sabbatical, then join the faculty as a professor. The school says over the next 18 months, Curran will work with faculty on academic initiatives, visit alumni groups and raise building renovation funds.

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