Derry Connolly, Ph.D. has served as the Founding President of John Paul the Great Catholic University (JPCatholic) since its conception in 2003. Derry and his wife Lidy have five children and 9 grandchildren.
He began building JPCatholic as a niche university-serving students interested in the Creative Arts and Business Innovation in 2003. It has grown from 30 students in Fall 2006, when it opened to 300+ in Fall 2017. It moved to downtown Escondido in 2013. The university is focused on preparing student to Impact Culture for Christ.
Derry has a passion for students and teaching. He teaches Business Model Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Thinking.
His obtained a bachelors and masters’ degree in Mathematics from University College, Cork, Ireland and a PhD from Cal-Tech in Pasadena; CA. over his 25-year career, he worked with IBM, Kodak and the University of California, San Diego.
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