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A Visionary Leader, President John Lahey Casts His Final Shadow On Quinnipiac University

A Visionary Leader, President John Lahey Casts His Final Shadow On Quinnipiac University

The most powerful thing in the world, at least to Quinnipiac University President John Lahey, is a clear mind. When the philosopher arrived in Hamden 31 years ago, he came equipped with a vision.

The tiny private college he saw before him wasn’t really Quinnipiac. Not yet, anyway.

There were roads leading out of Connecticut — to New York, to Massachusetts, and eventually, to the rest of the country to bolster the school’s reputation. To make it a top-ranked university.

“I came here with just a lot of excitement and enthusiasm,” Lahey, 71, said. “But, I never really thought about whether I’d stay for five years, or 10 years, or 20 years.”

Now, with his tenure coming...

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