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University to Bless, Dedicate Curran Place May 1

The University of Dayton will honor past president Daniel J. Curran during a ceremony at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, in the Riverview Cafe in Curran Place to bless and dedicate the building that now bears his name.

"Through Dan's vision and leadership, the University of Dayton made a bold move by acquiring the former NCR Corp. property, providing hope to a region reeling from the economic recession," said current University president Eric F. Spina. "He positioned the University for significant growth in research, academic and economic opportunities that have served to benefit the University and the entire Dayton community."

The University purchased the former NCR World Headquarters in 2009 at 1700 S. Patterson Blvd., to provide a new home for the University's Research Institute, graduate academic programs and other uses. Built in 1976 for NCR's global operations, the 466,000 square-foot building now houses the University of Dayton Research Institute, 400+ University offices and workspaces, 35 conference and meeting rooms and 16 classrooms.

Curran, who served as University president from 2002 until his retirement in 2016, will be present at the blessing and dedication ceremony, which takes place a year after he received a life-saving liver transplant after a decade of battling liver disease.  

"Dan guided the University through an amazing period of transformation," said David Yeager, chair of the University's board of trustees. "From academics, endowment, research, enrollment, student success and contributions to regional economic growth, he established a solid foundation that UD continues to experience today."

Daniel J. Curran Place includes the main building that served as the former headquarters of NCR Corp. It was dedicated in 1976, and the Annex was added in 1981.

A professor of sociology, Curran was the first lay president in the University's 152-year history and guided the institution through a 14-year era of transformation and growth that continues today. Under Curran's leadership, the University doubled its physical footprint through two major acquisitions from NCR Corp., and shifted its enrollment strategy to establish the University as a more selective institution that draws students from across the country and the world. During his tenure, the University's endowment, first-year applications, number of endowed faculty positions and the value of its land and buildings doubled, and student retention and entering test scores reached all-time highs.

Curran was also known for his work with corporate, governmental and other community partners in Dayton and Montgomery County, establishing the University as an economic, research and innovation center on the southern edge of the city.  

"I am deeply honored by this recognition and proud to have been part of a great team that left a lasting legacy for the University and the greater Dayton community," Curran said. "It showed that UD was an integral player in the region's growth and development, that we could do something bold for our community and its future."  

Curran came to Dayton from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where he served for 23 years as a professor and executive vice president. Curran taught courses throughout his higher education career in criminology, social problems, juvenile justice and white collar crime. His research has focused on ways to address social inequality and the role of Catholic universities as a social force for change.

Curran earned a doctorate in sociology from the University of Delaware in 1980, a master's degree in sociology from Temple University in 1978 and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from St. Joseph's University in 1973.


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