Dan Curan

Former UD president talks about his new work

Dan Curran isn’t the retiring type.

Though he stepped down from the presidency of the University of Dayton last June, he recently handed an interviewer not one but two business cards — one for UD, where he is president emeritus and an executive in residence for Asian affairs, and another for Fuyao Glass America Inc., where he serves as an independent company board member.

“This is true globalization,” Curran said. “Sure, positions are going over to China. But now, with Fuyao, you have a Chinese company coming to the United States and making jobs.”

Curran — 66, UD’s first lay president — doesn’t get mired in down time. In less than two weeks, he will travel to China, where he will teach and travel all over country. He’ll introduce students to work that cleansed a lake of algae blooms and he’ll consult with Catholic bishops on how to assist their ministries there.

A sociologist by training, Curran says his primary responsibilities remain with the university and he maintains an array of local connections, including serving on the Dayton Power & Light Advisory Board for the past two years. HERE’S WHAT HE SAID

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