Connecticut Magazine has named Quinnipiac University as one of the greatest success stories in Connecticut.
“When Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum opened in Hamden last October, it was hailed as the crown jewel of John L. Lahey‘s 25-year tenure as Quinnipiac University’s president,” the magazine states of the university’s “meteoric rise” in its January 2013 edition. “And yet, for the university itself, the museum was just another milestone along the road running from 1966, when the one-time New Haven-based “college of commerce” purchased 100 acres near Sleeping Giant State Park, an area that now contains its main (or Mount Carmel) campus. Yes, main campus. Two more campuses have opened since then.”
The cover story states “Quinnipiac is now one of only three universities in the state with both law and medical schools (joining UConn and Yale.) One could go on and on listing the highlights of Lahey’s tenure: establishing the Quinnipiac Polling Institute, acquiring a commercial radio station (WQUN 1220 AM,) adding the School of Law, upgrading the athletic programs to Division I and transforming the school from a college to a university.”
The magazine quotes Lahey throughout the article.
“Today, we are in our best-ever shape,” Lahey said.
In addition to citing substantial growth in the university’s endowment, from $25 million when he arrived to $283 million today, Lahey, who continues to teach a philosophy course, discussed the transformation of the student body.
In 1987, Quinnipiac had 1,902 students — 80 percent from Connecticut and 60 percent who commuted to class. Today, the university has 6,200 full-time undergraduates and 2,300 graduate students, and offers 23 graduate degrees. Nearly all of the underclassmen and 80 percent of the entire undergraduate student body lives in residence halls. Seventy-eight percent of the study body now lives outside of Connecticut.
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