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University of Dayton

The University of Dayton (UD) is a private Roman Catholic national research university in Dayton, Ohio, United States. Founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary (Marianists), it is one of three Marianist universities in the nation and the largest private university in Ohio. The university's campus is located in the southern portion of the city of Dayton and spans 388 acres on both sides of the Great Miami River.


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In 1849, on a mission to establish a presence for the Society of Mary in America, the Rev. Leo Meyer, S.M., journeyed from Alsace in France to Cincinnati, Ohio. But with a cholera epidemic raging to the north, Bishop John Baptist Purcell of the Cincinnati diocese, sent Father Meyer to Emmanuel parish in Dayton to tend to the sick. In Dayton, Father Meyer met local farmer John Stuart, who had lost his infant daughter Mary Louisa to cholera the year before. Heartbroken, Stuart and his wife wanted to sell their Dewberry Farm property and return to Europe. On 19 March 1850, Father Meyer, joined by three Marianist brothers � teacher Maximin Zehler, cook Charles Schultz and gardener, Andrew Edel � purchased the 125-acre hilltop farm from Stuart and renamed it Nazareth. Stuart accepted a St. Joseph medal, and a promise of $12,000 at 6 percent interest. The property included vineyards, orchard, a mansion, various farm buildings and the grave of Stuart's daughter, which Meyer promised to maintain. Just a few months later, the University of Dayton had its beginnings on 1 July 1850, when St. Mary's School for Boys opened its doors to 14 primary students from Dayton. In September, the first boarding students arrived and classes moved to the mansion. Five years later, the school burned to the ground, but classes resumed within months. By 1860, when Brother Zehler became president, the enrollment was nearly 100 students. The Civil War had little direct effect on the school because most of the students were too young to serve. College preparatory classes started in 1861 along with a novitiate and school for Marianist candidates. The core of the Historic Campus was built during this time, starting in 1865 with Zehler Hall, the iconic Immaculate Conception Chapel in 1869 and St. Mary's Hall, then the tallest building in Dayton in 1870. In 1882 the university was incorporated and empowered to confer collegiate degrees by the State of Ohio.

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As a vibrant academic department in the College of Arts and Sciences grounded in the Catholic and Marianist character of the University of Dayton, we actively serve our various and multiple communities, we produce high quality scholarship within the broad contours of our discipline. We provide an academically rigorous, critical, intellectually diverse, and praxis-oriented set of educational degree programs in political science, human rights studies, and public administration intended to properly educate and equip our students for life-long learning, faithful citizenship and positions of conscientious leadership and service to their professions, community, and the world.



David J. Bradley '71 - Inventor of the "Control-Alt-Delete" computer keyboard command4 Jerry Blevins - Pitcher, Washington Nationals4 Chip Bok '74 - Two-time National Cartoonist Society (NCS) editorial cartoonist of the year5 Erma Bombeck '49 - Humorist and newspaper columnist5 Erica Chenoweth '02, named by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2013. Steven Cobb (MBA '86), chairman and chief executive officer of Henny Penny Corp. Michael B. Coleman (JD '80) - First African-American mayor of Columbus, Ohio5 Joseph Desch '26 - Creator of decoding machine to crack Nazi Enigma code in World War II5 Gerry Faust '58 - Former head football coach at the University of Notre Dame5 Bruce Graham - Architect of the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) Anthony Grant '87 - Head basketball coach, University of Alabama5 Ray Gricar � former district attorney of Centre County, Pennsylvania5 Jon Gruden '86 - Super Bowl winning head coach (2003) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Current Monday Night Football commentator5 Joseph Hinrichs '89 - Ford Motor Company executive vice-president and president, the Americas Jon A. Husted '89, '93 (MA) - Ohio Secretary of State (2010�Present). Kristina Keneally '91 - First female Premier of New South Wales5 Bill Klesse '81 - CEO of Valero Energy5 David P. Kudla '85 - CEO and chief investment strategist, Mainstay Capital Management, LLC; executive director, RISE student investment forum.6 Don May '68 - Professional basketball player 1968-1975 Chuck Noll '53 - Only four-time Super Bowl winning head coach (Pittsburgh Steelers 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980. Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993)6 Don Novello (Father Guido Sarducci) '64 - actor, writer, and comedian6 Dan Patrick '79 - Sportscaster, currently with NBC Sports6 Charles J. Pedersen '26 - Winner of 1987 Nobel Prize in Chemistry6 Brian Roberts '08 � NBA Player, New Orleans Pelicans6 Chris Rolfe '05 - Professional soccer player for the Chicago Fire. Also played on United States Men's National Soccer Team in 20056 Bob Schaffer '84 - Former U.S. Congressman from Colorado6 Robert Saum '84 - World Bank country director for Bhutan and Afghanistan6 Jerry Sharkey '65 - Historic preservationist and Wright brothers historian, conceived idea for Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park6 Candace Smith - Actress and model, Miss Ohio USA 2003, "Survivor" contestant7 Craig Stammen '07 - Pitcher, Washington Nationals7 Mike Turner '92 (Graduate of Business School) - Current member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio's 10th congressional district7 Keith Wandell - CEO, Harley-Davidson7 Charles W. Whalen, Jr. '42 - Former U.S. Congressman from Ohio's 3rd congressional district (1967�1979), author



Urban, 388 Acres (1.5 Km�)