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President Olian's Background

Strategic and innovative leadership

Judy D. Olian, PhD, became president of Quinnipiac University in July 2018.

Prior to joining Quinnipiac, she served as dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management and John E. Anderson Chair in Management for 12 years. Under her leadership, UCLA Anderson hired a record number of faculty, expanded its prestigious Board of Visitors, and raised more than $450 million for students and faculty support, innovative programming and capital improvements.

Before UCLA, Olian was dean and professor of management at the Smeal College of Business at the Pennsylvania State University, and professor and senior associate dean at the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. She 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. She serves on the boards of Ares Management, the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF), Catalyst, Mattel Corporation, the Presidents' Steering Committee of the NCAA, New Haven Promise, and United Therapeutics.

Olian has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a master’s and PhD in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. A native of Australia, she is married to Peter Liberti.

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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.

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