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Cheshire resident and President of Quinnipiac University told a room full of business owners on Thursday morning that the school routinely "sells" its proximity to Cheshire when recruiting new faculty members.
Lahey was the keynote speaker at the Cheshire Chamber of Commerce Business Appreciation Breakfast, done in conjunction with the Town of Cheshire, held at Elim Park Thursday morning. The event, held every few years, is meant to honor those who own and operate businesses in the town.
Lahey gave a detailed speech about the growth of Quinnipiac over the last several years, and spoke about how, when he arrived on campus over two decades ago, the school put in place what amounted to a business proposal on how to achieve success.
"I know this isn't anything new to you here," Lahey told the audience, "but I can tell you that, (in higher education) those kinds of ideas can seem foreign and even alien to a lot of people."
In addition to speaking about the University, Lahey touched on it's proximity to Cheshire. Though the school is located in Hamden, Lahey stated that Quinnipiac has a deep connection to Cheshire.
"When I arrived (at Quinnipiac), I was told that Yale (University) was located in New Haven but that all its best professors reside in Hamden," he stated. "Well, I can tell you that, while Quinnipiac is located in Hamden, many of our best professors and, indeed, many of our senior administration live in Cheshire. That's not an accident."
For more on the breakfast and Lahey's comments, see an upcoming edition of The Cheshire Herald.