Quinnipiac University
President Judy Olian

About Quinnipiac

President Judy D. Olian

Judy D. Olian, PhD, became the 9th president of Quinnipiac University in 2018. She is distinguished in leading higher education institutions to advance academic excellence, innovative programming, alumni engagement, global outreach and inclusive environments.

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 chair of the Loeb Awards for Business Journalism.

Born and raised in Australia, Olian received her BS in psychology from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and her MS and PhD 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, a publicly traded multinational toy manufacturing company.


Recent Articles and News

Renderings of the newly designed student center and other campus areas

Quinnipiac unveils 10-year master facilities plan

Quinnipiac has released its recently completed master facilities plan, ‘Designing Our Future,’ which provides a comprehensive strategy and set of recommendations. The plan will guide physical planning across QU’s three campuses over the next 10 years.

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Aerial view of the Mount Carmel Campus quad and library

President Olian reacts to violence at U.S. Capitol

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Screen capture of the four panelists during the webinar

COVID-19’s impact on global supply chains

President Judy Olian and Matthew O'Connor, dean of the School of Business, spoke with Jim Lorre, chairman and CEO of Stanley Black & Decker, and Ynon Kreiz, chairman and CEO of Mattel, on managing corporations during and post COVID-19 as part of the university’s presidential speaker series, The Way Forward.

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Connect with President Judy 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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