Fri, Jan 08 | on Zoom

Dr. Derry Connolly, President of John Paul the Great Catholic University

Building a new Catholic university in the 21st century is a rather unique challenge, which faces a myriad of human, regulatory, financial, and ideological obstacles. Dr. Derry Connolly will walk you through the journey and highlight the hand of God visible at every critical juncture.
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Dr. Derry Connolly, President of John Paul the Great Catholic University

Time & Location

Jan 08, 12:30 PM
on Zoom

About the event

Derry Connolly, PhD, is President and Co-Founder of John Paul the Great Catholic University, a visionary teaching institution focused on and dedicated to molding students into future innovators and creators, leaders, and entrepreneurs.  Students have the opportunity to acquire a deep and personal knowledge of Jesus Christ.  Catholic ethical, moral, and social values provide a lifelong guiding compass.


Derry holds a PhD in Applied Mechanics from Cal-Tech in Pasadena, CA and both an MSc & BSc in Mathematical Science from University College, Cork, Ireland.  He holds 8 US patents and has numerous technical  publications.


Derry has a passion for students and teaching.  At JPCatholic he teaches Entrepreneurship, Business Model Innovation, Entrepreneurial Thinking, and Strategic Marketing Management.  He mentors students in the business creation process as part of JPCatholic's Business LaunchPad.  

Previously, he taught Bio-Business at UCSD within the Bioengineering department's Medical Device Engineering graduate program.  The department ranks 2nd in the nation for biomedical/bioengineering (US News - Mar 2015).  Prior to that, he taught Entrepreneurship to graduate Engineering students through the Von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement.


Prior to JPCatholic, he worked at the University of California, San Diego from 1997 to 2009 where served on the Executive Board of the Center for the Commercialization of Advanced Technology (CCAT).  He previously served as the Associate Dean of Continuing Education at UCSD  Extension, leading a program with 40,000 part-time adult students.  Prior to UCSD, Dr Connolly spent 15 years working in industrial Research and Development with IBM and Kodak.


Derry and his wife Lidy have five children and a growing number of grandchildren.  They attend Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish in Rancho Penasquitos.

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