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President's Blog: From the Heart

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September 26, 2022
Transformative Leaders

University of Dayton students, more intent on making it to their early morning classes, didn’t pay much attention as four deans lined up for a group photo in the Kennedy Union Plaza.

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President September 19, 2022
A Great First Impression
Walking through the Employer Engagement Center, our tour group noticed that nearly all the walls in the interview rooms and throughout the impressive building were painted various shades of blue.
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President September 17, 2022
By the Numbers
"You’re the kind of leaders who don’t just imagine a better world. You go about the business of creating it," University of Dayton President Eric F. Spina told the 2022 Alumni Awards recepients at a dinner on Sept. 17.
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President September 06, 2022
A Voice at the Table

Universities are often criticized for being ivory towers disengaged from the world and inaccessible to students from middle- and low-income families. That’s not the narrative we’re writing at the University of Dayton.

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President August 31, 2022
A Debt of Gratitude
Rick Omlor ’79, retired president and CEO of YSI Inc., lives three doors down from UD students, a vantage point that gives him a bird’s eye view of student life. He likes to chat with students hanging out on their front porches on a beautiful sunny day. Little do they know that they are talking to the chair of the board of trustees.
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August 22, 2022
Welcome Home, Flyers
"May the possibilities you hold in your hearts today carry you forward in the days ahead, and may God’s grace always be with each of you," University of Dayton President Eric Spina wrote in a message to the campus community on the first day of fall semester.
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President August 20, 2022
Hold the Door for Each Other

"Always hold the door open for one another," University of Dayton President Eric F. Spina told the Class of 2026 at New Student Convocation. "It's a lesson in building community. It's a sign of showing respect for one another. It's a symbol of love and acceptance."

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President July 28, 2022
The Joy of Undergraduate Discovery

Tierra Freeman popped one of her presentation slides up on the screen in Sears Recital Hall as 10 honors students in the Berry Summer Thesis Institute gathered on stage for a group photo before lunch. As I glanced up, the question jumped out, “What is a role model?” That’s an easy one.

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July 11, 2022
"The Heart Work"

This summer Kathleen Henderson '86 '93 and Beverly Jenkins '78 will each surpass an amazing 40 years in various administrative roles at the University of Dayton, where they have largely served students, doing what Kathleen calls "the heart work."

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President June 21, 2022
Go Anywhere. Do Anything.

Seeing University of Dayton students discover their passions and push themselves to achieve their dreams is one of my greatest joys as president. Correction. It is my greatest joy.

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