Danko inaugurated as new Butler president

Butler President James Danko

Butler University welcomed a new president to campus Saturday.

James Danko was inaugurated as the university's 21st president in a ceremony at Clowes Hall. Doing things "The Butler Way" is how the school's newest leader hopes to usher in a new era.

"While we may lack resources, there is certainly no lack of vision, work ethic or enthusiasm on our campus," Danko said.

An entrepreneur in a former life, Danko, who took office in August, promises to bring not only inventiveness, but investment to campus.

"If someone has a great idea and is personally willing to implement that idea and it makes sense for the benefit of our students, then we must find a way to make it happen," Danko said.

His way is to develop a $5 million innovation fund to nurture creative thinking, including his own personal investment. Danko told the Butler community Saturday he's already raised more than one million dollars.

"Financial support will be allocated to projects and programs, developed by our faculty staff and students. The most deserving ideas, selected by a diverse of Butler community members, will be placed on a funding fast track," Danko said.

He also promised to create a more diverse community on the Butler campus.

Danko succeeds Bobby Fong, who took over as president of Ursinus College in Pennsylvania.