As dean and John E. Anderson Chair in Management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, Olian directs a graduate business school that is universally regarded as a leader and innovator in higher education, annually providing management education across MBA, master’s and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 working professionals through executive education programs. The school has eight internationally recognized research centers and a global alumni network of more than 38,000 graduates.
“During her time here, more than half of Anderson’s current faculty were hired, bringing outstanding new scholars and content into the research and teaching programs,” said Scott L. Waugh, executive vice chancellor and provost at UCLA. “Four new research centers, the social impact initiative and the Anderson Venture Accelerator were launched; degree programs were introduced and expanded; hybrid course work combining online and face-to-face learning became part of the school’s portfolio; and gender diversity among faculty and students increased significantly. Chancellor [Gene] Block and I agree that Judy has shown extraordinary skill in increasing Anderson’s global reputation, and through her tireless efforts, she has created a loyal, engaged and effective alumni network.
“Also during Judy’s tenure, UCLA Anderson created an innovative, self-supporting financial model that is unique for the University of California. As a dedicated and highly successful fundraiser, Judy and her team attracted $400 million in philanthropic support,” Waugh said.
UCLA Anderson’s Board of Advisors also has expanded, attracting many prominent business leaders who represent diverse functional and global perspectives. Olian served as the 2008 chairman of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the premier business accrediting and management thought leadership organization in the world.
“She has been vital in attracting an influential set of board members around the school and its centers,” Waugh said, “enabling the naming of three research centers, 13 term and endowed professorships, numerous student fellowships and programming, and the new Marion Anderson Hall, which is currently under construction.”
Olian’s commitment to academic and teaching excellence, and her reputation as a consensus-building leader and a strong advocate for gender equity, will be missed at UCLA and welcomed at Quinnipiac.