JPCatholic President: Derry Connolly, PhD

Dr. Derry Connolly

Dr Connolly has served as the Founding President of John Paul the Great Catholic University since its beginnings in 2003.


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 Business Model Innovation, Entrepreneurial Thinking, Global Cultures, History & Politics as well as Science, Technology & Culture.

While at UCSD, he taught Bio-Business within the Bioengineering department's Medical Device Engineering graduate program. The department ranks near the top in the nation for biomedical/bioengineering. 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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