Dr. Connolly served as President of New York Medical College, the nation’s second largest private medical college, for more than ten years. He is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences, a Director of the Northeast Business Group on Health, a member of the President’s Council of the United Hospital Fund, and a member of the Board of the American Swiss Foundation.
Dr. Connolly has served as trustee of two hospitals and as Chairman of the Board of one. He is extensively involved in healthcare and community activities and has served on a number of voluntary and corporate boards including the Board of the American Lyme Disease Foundation, of which he is a founder and past chairman, and the Culinary Institute of America for over 20 years where he is now Chairman Emeritus. He also served as a director and Chairman of the Professional Examination Service and served as an Advisor of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. His current corporate board service includes: Director of Dearborn Risk Management, Air Methods and as Director and Chairman of Alpha Gene Corporation. Past board positions held include Baker and Taylor, Morton’s of Chicago and Perkin’s & Marie Callender’s. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Worcester State College, a Master’s degree from the University of Connecticut, and a Doctor of Education degree in College and University Administration from Teacher’s College, Columbia University and an honorary doctorate (LHD) from Mercy College.
Over the years, Dr. Connolly has served on the boards of, and as an officer of, numerous not-for-profit organizations including: President, Sullivan County Association for Retarded Children; Director and Chairman United Way of Dutchess County; Director and Founding Chairman Dutchess County Industrial Development Agency; Director and Founder Dutchess County Economic Development Association; President, Westchester County Historical Society.
Professionally, he served as a director, and chairman, of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges and was chosen as one of the “One Hundred Outstanding Young Leaders in Higher Education” by Change magazine. He received the Marie Martin Award for Leadership in Community Colleges and was designated Man of the Year by the Dutchess County Legislature in 1978.
Dr. Connolly has appeared on or been interviewed by over 100 television and radio stations nationwide including “Good Morning America” (ABC-TV), “The Today Show” (NBC-TV),“20/20” (ABC-TV), “48 Hours” (CBS-TV), Fox Cable News, “Morning News” (CNN) and “Weekend Today in New York” (WNBC-TV). The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Daily News (New York), The Boston Herald and other newspapers, as well as many national and regional magazines, have featured Castle Connolly Guides and/or Dr. Connolly in stories. He is the author and/or editor of seven books.