Curran stepping down as UD president

Daniel Curran steps down as president of the University of Dayton. (WDTN Photo)
Daniel Curran steps down as president of the University of Dayton. (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – University of Dayton President Daniel Curran announced he will step down effective June 2016.

The university announced Tuesday that he will take a one year sabbatical then join the faculty as a professor. He will teach and conduct research on campus and serve as executive-in-residence for Asian affairs.

“I would call him a thoughtful and innovative visionary in higher education. That’s the best way I can describe his mark,” said Steve Cobb, chairman of Henny Penny and a 1986 alumnus who serves as chair of the University’s board of trustees. “He has these natural intuitive skills that allow him to navigate the complexities of a university — through his demeanor, his knowledge, his social interactions. It’s been a pleasure watching him lead our university with a certain finesse that has combined the science and art to decision making and risk taking.”

Curran, 64, became president in 2002.  He is the first president who is not a Marianist priest or brother.

“The University of Dayton is academically strong. It’s financially strong. We weathered the rough economic period much better than other institutions and hired excellent faculty, said Curran, who plans to stay in Dayton. “I think this will be one of the top jobs in higher education. It’s the right time to step down while the University is so well positioned to continue the momentum.”

Curran says he plans to work with faculty and alumni during the next 18 months to work on university initiatives.  He also wants to raise funds to renovate Chaminade Hall as a home for the Human Rights Center and the Hanley Sustainability Institute.

He sent a letter to the university staff and students that reads:

Dear students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends,

Today I’m announcing I will step down in June 2016 after serving 14 years as president.  It’s an excellent time to look for a new leader to continue the momentum we’ve built. Our enrollment is at an all-time high. Our academic reputation continues to rise nationally and globally.  In 2016, I will take a sabbatical, then return to the students and classrooms I love and continue to build the University’s international relationships, particularly in China.  Thank you for the privilege and blessing of leading this great university during such an era of great transformation. It has been – and I know will continue to be – an extraordinary time in our history. For more on my announcement, read today’s news release and view this video. Together, we will continue to take the University of Dayton to new heights.  I wish you all of God’s blessings this Christmas season.


Daniel J. Curran, Ph.D.

The university Board of Trustees will conduct a nationwide search for Curran’s replacement. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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