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An innovative, energetic leader

Daniel J. Curran served for 14 years as president of the University of Dayton, a top-tier national research university and one of the top Catholic universities in the country.

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A Stellar Record

Known as a bold, forward-thinking leader, Dr. Curran strategically positioned the University nationally and globally, enrolled some of the largest, most academically talented classes in school history and dramatically expanded the University's footprint during his tenure.

A Chinese Connection

To found the University of Dayton China Institute in Suzhou Industrial Park, Dr. Curran utilized relationships, expertise and deep knowledge acquired during more than 30 years of research and building partnerships.

A Leader in Higher Education

From the classroom to the boardroom, Dr. Curran's leadership and expertise fostered cutting-edge approaches to address some of higher education's most crucial challenges.

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Daniel J. Curran served for 14 years as president of the University of Dayton, a top-tier national research university and one of the top Catholic universities in the country.

Dr. Curran brought a forward-thinking approach and a strong commitment to Catholic higher education, social justice, internationalization, sustainability and economic development.

Dr. Curran guided the University of Dayton through transformational times and presided over an era of remarkable growth. By almost every measure — from selectivity and research dollars to ranking, endowed faculty and internationalization — the University of Dayton grew in stature during his presidency at a pace among the most rapid and substantial of any American university.

His personal experience in China and his vision led to the University's establishment of The China Institute in Suzhou Industrial Park, a one-of-a-kind global academic and research center that brings together scientists, engineers, students and faculty to collaborate with and create solutions for Fortune 500 companies.

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Skills

  • Higher Education
  • Teaching
  • PowerPoint
  • Public Speaking
  • Research
  • Student Affairs
  • Community Outreach
  • Fundraising
  • Leadership
  • Strategic Planning
  • Leadership Development
  • Microsoft Office
  • Nonprofits
  • Social Media 

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Building Momentum

View highlights of Dr. Curran's tenure at the University plus comments from Steve Cobb, former chair of the University's board of trustees.

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Our Heart, Our Home

Built in 1869, the Immaculate Conception Chapel is the heart of campus. Current renovations, completed in August 2015, preserved the chapel's essential traditions and history and allow us to celebrate Mass in accord with today's liturgical norms.

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A Vision for Change

The University of Dayton Human Rights Center promotes respect for the inherent dignity of all persons through dialogue, research and education.

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At the Center

In 2013, GE Aviation completed a $51 million Electrical Power Integrated Systems Center. Today, our faculty and students are working with GE Aviation to create advanced electrical power systems for aircraft, longer-range electric cars and smarter power grids.

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University Overview

The past decade has seen remarkable growth and progress at the University of Dayton, with new land, updated facilities and innovative programs. We are a university with momentum, vision and a deep commitment to our Catholic, Marianist Heritage.

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China Institute

In 2012, the University of Dayton took a major step toward globalization with the opening of the University of Dayton China Institute in Suzhou Industrial Park.

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Invested in Our Future

We are committed to being faithful stewards of our planet — and creating a more sustainable future. That’s why we are using the largest gift in University history to establish the Hanley Sustainability Institute.

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Intellectual Property Done Properly

In 2015, Emerson Climate Technologies completed its $35 million innovation center on the University's campus. With Emerson, we work to increase heating, air conditioning and refrigeration efficiency, promote sustainability and improve system connectivity.

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