DAYTON, Ohio, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The University of Dayton's board of trustees has extended President Daniel J. Curran's contract through June 30, 2015.
"By virtually every measure, the University of Dayton has grown in stature during his presidency," said Jack Proud, chair of the board of trustees. "He's a bold, energetic, approachable leader with a strong faith in the University's Catholic, Marianist mission and an ability to read the signs of the times and take calculated risks. The board recognizes those leadership traits and endorses his ability to continue the momentum and shape the University of Dayton's future."
Curran became the University of Dayton's 18th president and first lay leader on July 1, 2002. His second five-year contract ends in 2012, but the extension takes him through a major fund-raising campaign, whose goal has not been announced publicly. The new contract does not change Curran's salary and can be extended for successive one-year renewals beyond 2015.
"I'm committed to the University of Dayton," Curran said. "I believe in our mission and our work together in the Dayton region. I want to work with the campus community to continue the momentum we've enjoyed in all aspects of campus life -- from internationalization efforts to research achievements. This is a university with an extraordinary future, and I'm humbled and privileged to be the steward of a remarkable legacy."
During his tenure, first-year undergraduate applications have soared more than 60 percent, entering test scores are at a record high, and selectivity has increased by double digits. The University of Dayton has paved a reputation as an international Catholic research university, with an annual sponsored research volume approaching $100 million.
The Philadelphia native has led the University of Dayton on the largest campus expansion in its history. In 2005, the University acquired from NCR Corp. a 50-acre parcel of property that extended the core campus from Brown Street to the Great Miami River. At the end of 2009, the University announced it had purchased another 115 acres from the global technology company, including NCR's former world headquarters and Old River Park. Campus now spans 373 acres -- a 75 percent growth in the past five years.
Founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary (Marianists), the University of Dayton is recognized as a top-tier national research university and one of the 10 best Catholic universities in the nation. It's the largest private university in Ohio.
SOURCE University of Dayton