Since becoming the 21st President of
Butler University in 2011, James Danko has devoted himself
to the development and realization of the University's new
strategic plan, Butler 2020. This ambitious plan guides
Butler toward national recognition as a thought-leader in
transformative, student-centered higher education by 2020.
An innovator at heart and in experience, President Danko was a
successful entrepreneur in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, for
nearly two decades before beginning his academic career. He leads
with a mindset of stewardship, collaboration, and creativity. In
2012, he established the Butler Innovation Fund, an
unprecedented source of seed money that allows the University to
invest in visionary approaches to teaching, research, and service
created by faculty, staff, and students.
Butler 2020 was designed to support and strengthen the
University's academic mission and rich tradition of engaged
education. To that end, President Danko has championed a number of
infrastructure improvements for Butler, including renovations to
Clowes Memorial Hall and Hinkle Fieldhouse; completion of the new
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts; renovation and construction
of science facilities; and the beautification of Butler's main
thoroughfare, Sunset Avenue. In 2015, construction will begin on a
600-bed student-housing facility and a multi-use parking
President Danko also oversaw Butler's move to the new BIG EAST
Conference in 2013. This partnership, which matches Butler with
other high-quality academic institutions, provides unprecedented
opportunities for Butler's student-athletes and raises the
University's national profile. President Danko also serves on the
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I
Presidential Advisory Group.
Before coming to Butler, President Danko served as Dean of the
Villanova School of Business and as Associate Dean at the Tuck
School of Business at Dartmouth College. President Danko also
taught entrepreneurship and served in leadership roles at the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Babson College, and
the University of Michigan.
President Danko received his bachelor's degree in religious
studies from John Carroll University and his master of business
administration from the University of Michigan. He is married to
Bethanie Danko and has two daughters, Melanie and Meredith.
President and Mrs. Danko live on the Butler campus in the historic
Carter House and frequently open their home to students and
community guests for dinners and casual conversation.