The presidential speaker series is designed to connect members of the university community with leaders, visionaries and established professionals from across the country. “The Way Forward” will offer a virtual forum to showcase and share innovative ideas and critical thinking about some of the most current and pressing challenges facing society.
President Olian's Background
Strategic and innovative leadership
Judy D. Olian, PhD, became president of Quinnipiac University in July 2018.
Prior to joining Quinnipiac University, she served as dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management and John E. Anderson Chair in Management for 12.5 years. Under her leadership, UCLA Anderson hired a record number of faculty, expanded its prestigious Board of Visitors, and raised over $450 million for students and faculty support, innovative programming, and capital improvements.
Prior to that, she was dean and professor of management at the Smeal College of Business Administration at Pennsylvania State University, and professor and senior associate dean at the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Olian has also served as the chairman of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the premier business accrediting and management thought leadership organization in the world.
Widely published in journals on human resource management, top management team composition, and the business alignment of management systems, Olian wrote a weekly syndicated newspaper column and hosted a monthly television show on current topics in business. She is a sought‐after speaker and has consulted for major corporations. Olian serves on, or has been a member of, various advisory boards including the U.S. Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, Peking University Business School’s International Advisory Board, the Connecticut Workforce Council, AdvanceCT, the Business-Higher Education Forum, New Haven Promise, and Catalyst, a leading global think tank for women in business. She was also Chairman of the Loeb Awards for Business Journalism.
Born and raised in Australia, Olian received her B.S. in Psychology from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She currently serves on the board of directors of Ares Management, L.P., a publicly traded global alternative asset management firm, United Therapeutics, a publicly traded advanced biotech company, and Mattel, Inc., a publicly traded multinational toy manufacturing company.
Learn the Latest
President Judy Olian sent a message to the university community on Saturday, May 30 about racism in America, the death of George Floyd and the responsibility each one of us bears to reverse the legacy of racism in our communities.
Connect with President Olian
Connect with President Olian
President Olian enjoys engaging with students, alumni, faculty, staff and other members of the Quinnipiac community. She is deeply committed to Quinnipiac’s mission to nurture our students into becoming enlightened global citizens prepared for the careers of the 21st century. She encourages students to actively participate in this process and to help draft Quinnipiac’s legacy.Instagram @judyolian Twitter @judyolian
Inauguration Ceremony Photo Gallery
Quinnipiac’s 9th President Inauguration Ceremony
Community celebrates a historic milestone
Following the inauguration, members of the university community converged in the Rocky Top Student Center for a reception and to paint four murals to be installed at Yale New Haven Hospital with the hope of lifting the spirits of pediatric patients. Also at the student center were three faculty-led discussions on the future of democracy, education and nutrition.
Reception Photo Gallery
Mural painting, reception and faculty talks
Making innovative ideas a reality
Students and faculty from our eight professional schools and College of Arts and Sciences showcased their work and projects from throughout the year at our Innovation Expo on April 30. Dozens of interactive components and presentations brought to life how our students are preparing for the evolving careers of the 21st century.
Innovation Expo Photo Gallery
Students, alumni and faculty explore engaging topics at TEDxQuinnipiacU
Members of the university community came together Tuesday, April 30 for an exploration of engaging ideas at TEDxQuinnipiacU. At the 90-minute event held in the Clarice L. Buckman Theater, students, alumni and faculty led talks exploring health care, sociology, economics and political science.
TEDxQuinnipiacU Photo Gallery
A Taste of the Arts
University community enjoys ‘A Taste of the Arts’
Our students shared their visual arts, game design, and theater and musical skills at the ”A Taste of the Arts” showcase in our Theatre Arts Center on Tuesday, April 30 as part of the weeklong inauguration celebration.
A Taste of the Arts Photo Gallery
‘A Taste of the Arts’
Choose Your Own Adventure: A Future in Global Citizenship
High school students come to campus to explore being good global citizens
We kicked off our weeklong, community-wide inauguration celebration on Monday, April 29 with a highly engaging mentorship event that brought Hamden and North Haven high school students together with our students and faculty. The event, "Choose Your Own Adventure: A Future in Global Citizenship," guided the area high school students through activities and presentations that explored what it means to be a good, global citizen through the lens of academic disciplines and the career opportunities they provide. The sessions focused on the fields of business; education; engineering; journalism and media arts; sciences; and social work and criminal justice.