John L. Lahey has been Quinnipiac's president since 1987. He was previously executive vice president of Marist College, where he served as chief operating officer. Upon his arrival, Lahey initiated a strategic planning process, leading to Quinnipiac's impressive growth, including increasing student enrollment by more than 300 percent and expanding the physical plant from 100 acres to 604 acres. Lahey directed the development of two additional campuses: the 250-acre York Hill Campus to meet the needs of undergraduates and serve as home to the TD Bank Sports Center, and the 104-acre North Haven Campus to house graduate and health professions programs, including the developing medical school.
Quinnipiac has also created the National Institute for Community Health Education and the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management; established the nationally recognized Quinnipiac University Poll; created the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award Luncheon in New York City; acquired a 1000-watt commercial radio station, WQUN 1220AM; and added the School of Law. Quinnipiac's athletic programs moved to Division I.
Lahey is a director of the United Illuminating Company, Independence Holding Company, Yale-New Haven Hospital and Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy. A member of the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee for more than 25 years, Lahey has devoted much of his time to educating the public about the historic implications of Ireland's Great Hunger.
Lahey earned his PhD in philosophy from the University of Miami, bachelor's and master's degrees in philosophy from the University of Dayton and a second master's degree in higher education administration from Columbia University.
To contact President Lahey, please call 203-582-8700.