UD Board of Trustees extends President Eric Spina’s contract

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Eric Spina expected to be new president at University of Dayton starting July 2016. (Photo_University of Dayton)_115750

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — President Eric F. Spina has a new deal with the University of Dayton.

The Board of Trustees approved a new five-year contract for Spina that will extend his term as president to eight years. The new deal runs through June, 2024.

“The new contract reflects the confidence the board has in Eric for the job that he has done,” Board Chair David Yeager said of Spina, who became president July 1, 2016. “As the current contract runs through next June, he could be in very high demand by other institutions.”

Yeager cited Spina’s leadership, energy and team building as central factors in the board’s decision.

“We were very impressed with how quickly he assimilated into the role,” Yeager said. “It usually takes time to gain momentum, but he never walked, he ran.”

“His level of engagement with alumni has been extraordinary and he and his wife Karen have been embraced by the Dayton community.”

Yeager also noted Spina’s continuing goal to develop a strategic vision for UD’s next 20 years. 

Some of Spina’s accomplishments since taking over in 2016 include helping raise UD’s undergraduate enrollment to record highs, a 12 percent increase in faculty hiring and a drive to increase diversity, both in the student body and with trustees, faculty and staff.

“The foundation of this University is an incredible campus community focused on student learning, and I am grateful each day to work with such an excellent team,” Spina said. “I am honored by the trustees’ confidence, as well as excited about UD’s accelerating growth and momentum.”

Spina previously served Syracuse University for 28 years, including nearly nine as vice chancellor and provost.

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