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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

Students working in the School of Engineering

Quinnipiac debuts new name for School of Computing and Engineering

Quinnipiac’s School of Engineering is now the School of Computing and Engineering. This new name is aligned with the range of programs that the school currently delivers, speaks to the strategic investments in computing-related programs that the university is making, and growing industry demands and opportunities. Currently, 40% of students in the school are pursuing a computing-focused degree.

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Health care leaders reflect on innovating during, post COVID-19 crisis

Four health care leaders participated in "Healthcare Systems: Transforming and Thriving," a panel focused on evolving the clinical experience during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

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President Judy Olian speaks from a podium.

President Olian looks toward future with optimism, anticipation

President Judy Olian looked toward the future with optimism as she welcomed faculty and staff to the start of the 2021-22 academic year, the university’s 92nd, on Friday morning.

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Students watch the State of the QUnion in the Piazza

COVID-19, inclusive excellence and university enhancements discussed at annual State of the QUnion

President Judy Olian thanked students for their diligence and efforts in helping to fight COVID-19 at the annual State of the QUnion on March 2 — and reassured them that their efforts are making a tangible, positive difference.

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Antoinette (Toni) Bush and Elicia Pegues Spearman headshot

Successful leaders stress open-minded, eclectic mindset as keys to success

Long before she became a lawyer, Antoinette Bush was a kid from Illinois whose father, a state’s attorney, showed her the impact that law could have on society. As executive vice president and global head of government affairs for News Corp., Bush is making her own impact.

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Communications from the Office of the President

President Olian communicates regularly with the Bobcat family, through email and social media communications.

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Connect with President Judy Olian

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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