President of John Paul the Great University
Derry is President and co-founder of John Paul the Great Catholic University jpcatholic.com in San Diego. The mission of the University is "to impact our culture for Christ by shaping creators and innovators, leaders and entrepreneurs at the intersections of communications media, business, and technology, guided by the spiritual, moral and social teachings of Jesus Christ."
Although known to most as Derry rather than "Dr. Connolly," he holds a Ph.D. from Cal-Tech and no less than eight U.S. Patents. A native of Ireland, Derry received his undergraduate degree from University College in Cork. He has held senior positions in both academia and the business world with such institutions as the University of California at San Diego, IBM, and Kodak. Derry and his wife, Lidy, have five children. They attend Good Shepherd Parish in Mira Mesa, California.