A Transformational Leader

Dr. Daniel J. Curran has served as the University of Dayton's 18th president and first lay leader for the past decade.

He is guiding the Catholic, Marianist university through transformational times and presiding over an era of remarkable growth.

During his tenure, the University of Dayton earned recognition as a top-tier research university. By almost every measure — from enrollment to research dollars to rankings — the University has grown in stature. Major land acquisitions since 2005 have nearly doubled the size of campus, which now spans both sides of the Great Miami River.

The pace of change has been among the most rapid and substantial seen at any American university.

Dr. Curran earned a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware in 1980 after receiving a master's degree from Temple University in 1978 and a bachelor's degree from Saint Joseph’s University in 1973 — all in sociology. He's a noted scholar in criminology, juvenile justice and social problems, with a deep interest in international issues.

Marianist Vision is Better Than 20/20.
We Read the Signs of the Times.

The University of Dayton's mission as a Catholic, Marianist university sets us apart from others in higher education.

We are deeply committed to the common good. We educate for service, justice and peace. We readily adapt and change with the times. We build communities of faith and educate in what we call a "family spirit." We provide an integral, high-quality education on a campus that's known for its hospitality and inclusiveness.

Like our Marianist founders, the University of Dayton reads the signs of the times and acts. Today, we are building upon the University's strong foundation with pragmatism, perseverance and deep faith.

Everyday, Extraordinary Moments.
See Campus Through the President's Eyes.

University of Dayton President Daniel J. Curran writes about how the Catholic, Marianist educational philosophy guides the University's upward momentum — and inspires a campus community.

Read his essays in the award-winning University of Dayton Magazine.

To Imagine is Everything.
We Dare to Think and Act Boldly.

The University of Dayton reads the signs of the times and acts. That's always been our greatest strength.

It's a moment of extraordinary opportunity. We're poised to make a quantum leap into the realm of world-class universities. Just as we prepare students with the ability to adapt and thrive in a changing world, we've positioned our university to do the same.

Our interactive President's Report uses video, tweets and stunning photography to portray a university that is transforming itself for the times. Our Strategic Plan presents an ambitious agenda for the future. Through videos, an interactive map, stories and photos, we envision our future in our Master Plan. And we're the first American university to create a stand-alone institute in China in one of the fastest-growing innovation parks in the world.

We will not be followers, nor will we embark on this journey by ourselves. In the Marianist spirit, we will imagine our future and, together, create it.

Board of Trustees
Chart a Course of Leadership.

The 2013-2014 board of trustees consists of 35 members of which four serve as ex officio. The board, with the exception of the ex officio members, may be as large as 35 or as small as 15. The members represent the Society of Mary, alumni, the greater Dayton community and the national community.

Trustees serve three-year terms and may be re-elected for a total of three consecutive three-year terms. At that point, a lapse of one year must occur before the individual may be eligible for re-appointment.

The board, which serves as the governing body of the University, meets three times annually.

Here at the University of Dayton, government relations professionals are instrumental to the day-to-day development of the University. From implementing campus initiatives to educating students, we play a huge part at UD. And our influence doesn't end with campus.

As Ohio's largest independent university, we make it a priority to be involved in local, state and federal government. We maintain awareness on issues impacting the Dayton community and local city governments. The University also takes on a leadership role in state government and stays visible at the Statehouse in Columbus. At the federal level, UD stays up-to-date on broader policies impacting both the academics and research of the University.

Here's Why This is a Special Place.
It's the People Who Make Us Great.

Meet some of the up-front and behind-the-scenes people who make up the University of Dayton community.