John L. Lahey

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John L. Lahey (born 1946) is the president of Quinnipiac University.[1]


John Lahey was raised in the Riverdale section of the Bronx in New York City,[2] where he attended and graduated from Fordham Preparatory School in 1964. He earned his Ph.D. 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.

John L. Lahey was Executive Vice President of Marist College, where he served as Chief Operating Officer. He has been Quinnipiac’s president since 1987. Upon his arrival, Lahey initiated a strategic planning process, leading to the University’s unprecedented growth over the past two decades in enrollment, academic programs, reputation and physical plant.

Lahey is a director of the United Illuminating Company, the Aristotle Corporation, the Yale-New Haven Hospital, and the Alliance for Gene Cancer Therapy. He is a member of the Council of the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. As Vice-Chairman of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, he has devoted much of his time to educating the public about the historic implications of Ireland’s Great Hunger. In 1997, Lahey served as Grand Marshal of the Saint Patrick's Day Parade in New York City.[2] In 2011, Lahey was named Irish American of the Year by Irish America magazine.[3]


  1. ^ President John L. Lahey Archived 2008-08-28 at the Wayback Machine., Quinnipiac University. Accessed May 4, 2008.
  2. ^ a b McCarthy, Peggy. "A New York Irishman, and Flaunting It", The New York Times, March 16, 1997. Accessed May 4, 2008. "WHEN John L. Lahey was growing up in St. Margaret's parish in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, he thought the world was Irish."
  3. ^ Langan, Sheila. "Irish American of the Year: Dr. John L. Lahey", Irish America magazine, March 10, 2011. Accessed March 22, 2011. "When John L. Lahey was a boy, he once accompanied his father, a hard-working bricklayer, to a worksite."