Friday September 17, 2010

Visionary Leader

University of Dayton President Daniel J. Curran is making a mark in the Dayton region. In November, he will receive the 2010 Regional Leadership Award.

Daniel J. Curran, president of the University of Dayton, will be honored in November with the 2010 Regional Leadership Award from Dayton Business Journal.

"The award honors people who have made a lasting impact on business and the economic health of the region," said Neil Arthur, president and publisher of Dayton Business Journal. "He had the vision to purchase NCR's former world headquarters.  It was right for the business community, it was right for the University of Dayton."

By almost every measure — from enrollment to research dollars to rankings  — the University of Dayton has grown in stature under Curran's leadership in the past nine years.

"Dr. Curran is an energetic, visionary leader.  He has extended the University of Dayton's footprint in the Dayton region — and the world," said Allen Hill, chair of the University of Dayton's board of trustees.  "He is transforming a vacant corporate headquarters from a symbol of decline into an opportunity for economic growth for the Dayton region.  This is the perfect year to recognize that kind of leadership."

In December, the University of Dayton purchased NCR Corp.'s former world headquarters and Old River Park.  The University of Dayton is transforming the building into a highly visible home for its world-class Research Institute, a new Alumni Center and graduate classes.

"I'm humbled by this honor," Curran said.  "It's an extraordinary time at the University of Dayton.  I share this award with a campus community that is forward-thinking and dedicated to using their leadership skills to serve others in our region."

The Regional Leadership Award will be presented at the Business of the Year awards banquet Nov. 18 at the Schuster Performing Arts Center in downtown Dayton. Past winners of the award include Clay Mathile, John Moore Sr., Steven Johnson, J.P. Nauseef and last year’s winner, Ann Higdon.

In 2009, Dayton Business Journal named Curran one of the 25 most influential people of the decade in Dayton. In 2007, he received the Humanitarian Award from the National Conference for Community and Justice of Greater Dayton for his “personal advocacy and energy toward building a more inclusive community.”  In 2006, the Dayton Development Coalition named him the Dayton region’s most outstanding volunteer citizen.

For more information, contact Teri Rizvi at 937-229-3255 or rizvi@udayton.edu.