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John J. Connolly, Ed.D.

John J. Connolly, Ed.D., served as president and chief executive officer of New York Medical College (NYMC) from 1981-1992. Prior serving as president of NYMC, he served as president of The State University of New York (SUNY)-Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y, for seven years.

Dr. Connolly co-founded the American Lyme Disease Foundation with David Weld in 1985, and is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and a fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences.

During Dr. Connolly's tenure at New York Medical College, research at the College sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other agencies grew from $.45 million to over $5 million; fundraising increased from $1.5 million to over $5 million annually; and endowment grew from $1.5 million to $33 million.

In other areas, Dr. Connolly directed the rebuilding of the College's physical plant, and spearheaded the creation of eight institutes and centers, to bring together faculty from different departments who have special expertise in a given area. Also, the College strengthened its clinical teaching facilities for medical students through the development of a network of hospital affiliations. 

Since 2006, he has been president & CEO of Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a publisher best known for America’s Top Doctors. Dr. Connolly holds a Bachelor of Science from Worcester State College, a master's degree from the University of Connecticut, and a Doctor of Education in College and University Administration from Teacher's College of Columbia University.