Thursday August 27, 2009

Lasting Impact

University of Dayton President Daniel J. Curran has made a lasting impact on the Dayton region during his presidency, according to the Dayton Business Journal. He's on the newspaper's 25 Most Influential People list.

Daniel J. Curran, president of the University of Dayton, has been named to the Dayton Business Journal's "25 Most Influential People of the Decade in the Dayton Region" list.

Rick Perales, University campus planning director and Greene County Commissioner, and seven alumni also made the list.

"If any of these 25 individuals had not been in Dayton during the past decade, our community would look much differently than it does today," said Neil Arthur, president and publisher of the Dayton Business Journal. "We know there are many others who also have left their mark. This region is blessed with many leaders willing to devote their time, energy and financial resources for the betterment of our community."

The group will be recognized in a special report in the Dec. 25 issue, which will give a ranking order. The Dayton Business Journal plans to post a reader survey online to help determine who has had the greatest impact on the region.

Curran, a Philadelphia native, became the University of Dayton's 18th president and first lay leader in 2002. By almost every measure — from enrollment to research dollars to rankings — the University of Dayton has grown in stature during his presidency. In the Dayton region, he focuses on economic development, urban education and high-tech issues. In 2006, the Dayton Development Coalition named him the Dayton region's most outstanding volunteer citizen.

The list also includes seven University of Dayton alumni:

  • Ohio Sen. Jon Husted, a 1989 education graduate who earned a master's in communication in 1993
  • The late philanthropist Virginia W. Kettering, who received an honorary degree in 1966
  • Montgomery County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman, a 1986 law graduate
  • Businessman and civic leader John Moore Sr., who earned a management degree in 1966 and an honorary degree in 1998
  • Former Dayton Development Coalition leader J.P. Nauseef, a 1988 management information systems graduate
  • 1969 management graduate R. Dan Sadlier, retired president and CEO of Fifth Third Bank
  • U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, a 1992 MBA graduate and former Dayton mayor

For a complete listing see the article in the Dayton Business Journal.