Wednesday October 5, 2011

With Faith and Tenacity

As Daniel J. Curran enters his 10th year as president of one of the nation's leading Catholic universities, he's presiding over a campus that has expanded its reach to an extraordinary degree.

New land. World-class research. Strong enrollment. Rising reputation. Forward-thinking and bold moves inspired by the University of Dayton's Catholic, Marianist mission have characterized the presidency of Daniel J. Curran at the University.

As Curran enters his 10th year as president of one of the nation's leading Catholic universities, he's presiding over a campus that has expanded its reach to an extraordinary degree.  The pace of change has been among the most rapid and substantial seen at any American university, according to a six-page feature story in the autumn issue of the University of Dayton Magazine written by a national higher education freelance writer.

The physical campus has literally doubled in size in the last five years. Also doubling since Curran’s arrival has been the volume of sponsored research to nearly $100 million annually — a benchmark that puts the University of Dayton in the big leagues. At the same time, applications for the first-year class have also almost doubled, with growing numbers of students coming from beyond Ohio and even the United States. One in 10 students on campus now hails from another country.

In an Oct. 1 front-page Dayton Daily News story, Curran called the University's upward momentum a team effort. “When it comes down to it, UD is an excellent community of good people and that allows you to make some bold decisions,” he said.

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