DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The University of Dayton formally welcomed Eric Spina during a ceremony Tuesday morning.
Spina will become the 19th president of the university and the second lay president since being founded. He is set to replace Dr. Daniel Curran, who is stepping down. Spina was unanimously selected by the Board of Trustees and will begin serving on July 1, 2016.
Spina spent 27 years at Syracuse University, most recently as a Vice Chancellor and Provost.
2 NEWS spoke with Spina during a one-on-one interview. He said he will be looking to Dr. Curran for guidance as he begins planning for the future.
At the news conference, Curran introduced Spina and welcomed him to the Flyer family:
Spina was presented with some UD apparel because, as Curran said, “He has too much orange in his closet.”
Spina also spoke about returning to Dayton after UD met Syracuse on the basketball court last year:
Mayor Nan Whaley took to Twitter to welcome Dr. Eric Spina to the community:
2NEWS also spoke with students outside of the ceremony. Sophomore student Madeline Black says the community should accept him when he begins.
“This school is so willing to embrace, and we’re a big community. He’s going to walk right in and we’re going to embrace him. I can’t wait to see the changes he makes.”