“A man rooted in culture and community, Quinnipiac University President John Lahey has brought large changes to the school, as well as promoting his Irish culture,” the newspaper stated. “Once Lahey became the president of Quinnipiac in 1987, the school began to see rapid change. Once a small commuter school nestled beneath Sleeping Giant, the Hamden college added a law school in 1995, a polling institute citied by many popular news outlets and expanded communication and business schools. Quinnipiac also entered Division I athletics in the 1990s, and opened a $52 million sports arena to support its growing teams.”
However, the Register said Lahey has benefited more than just Quinnipiac.
“Besides growing Quinnipiac into a top-rated university, Lahey has been a strong advocate of Irish heritage,” the newspaper stated. “He serves as vice chairman of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, including as grand marshal in 1997. In 2011, Lahey was named Irish-American of the Year by Irish America Magazine.”