- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014





University of Dayton President Daniel Curran To Step Down In 2016,

Presided Over An Era Of Extraordinary Growth

DAYTON, Ohio, Dec. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Daniel J. Curran, the first

lay president in University of Dayton history, announced plans

Tuesday, Dec. 9, to step down in June 2016 after presiding over an era

of unprecedented growth.

Known as a bold, forward-thinking leader, Curran strategically

positioned the Catholic, Marianist university nationally and globally,

enrolled some of the largest, most academically talented classes in

school history and dramatically expanded the University of Dayton’s

footprint from the Great Miami River to China during the last 12


A sociologist by training, Curran will take a one-year sabbatical,

then join the faculty as a professor. As president emeritus, he will

teach and conduct research on campus and serve as

executive-in-residence for Asian affairs in the University of Dayton

China Institute in Suzhou, China.

Since Curran became president in 2002, the University has nearly

doubled its footprint with two major acquisitions from NCR Corp. while

changing its enrollment strategy to become a more selective university

that attracts most of its students from outside Ohio — and many from

around the world.

The University’s endowment, first-year applications, number of endowed

faculty positions and the value of its land and buildings have

doubled. Student retention and entering test scores stand at all-time

highs. Dayton Flyer student-athletes continue to boast graduation

rates consistently among the highest in the country, and the overall

winning percentage in all sports is better than any other time in

school history.

“Through his leadership, the University continues to recruit and

retain a world-class faculty dedicated to achieving excellence in

scholarship, teaching and service,” said Carissa Krane, an associate

professor of biology who serves as president of the Academic Senate,

the representative body of the faculty. “Dr. Curran has demonstrated a

deep commitment to enriching the student experience and student

success through his support of faculty efforts to intentionally

integrate academic knowledge with experiential learning within and

beyond the curriculum.”

Michael Galligan-Stierle, president and CEO of the Association of

Catholic Colleges and Universities, describes Curran as “a model” for

contemporary leadership at Catholic universities, where more than 60

percent are now led by lay leaders.

“When Dan took office, lay presidents were still in the minority in

Catholic higher education,” he said. “Through his example, he helped

demonstrate that individuals who answer the calling to lead a Catholic

college or university — religious or lay — bring with them unique

gifts that equip them to lead and to celebrate the Catholic mission of

the institution. And over the last 12 years, Dan has continued to

exude that leadership.”

The University emerged as a national leader in partnering with

high-tech companies that are locating laboratories and offices on

campus. In 2013, GE Aviation opened a $53 million research center and

Midmark Corp. moved its corporate headquarters to the University of

Dayton Research Institute. In 2014, Emerson Climate Technologies broke

ground on a $35 million global innovation center.

“The University of Dayton is academically strong. It’s financially

strong. We weathered the rough economic period much better than other

institutions and hired excellent faculty,” said Curran, who plans to

stay in Dayton. “I think this will be one of the top jobs in higher

education. It’s the right time to step down while the University is so

well positioned to continue the momentum.”

The University of Dayton’s board of trustees will conduct a national

search for his successor.

Link to release and more at https://udayton.co/BYV. Follow the

University of Dayton on Twitter at @univofdayton #DrDan

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