Holly J. Raider appointed dean of the School of Business

May 03, 2021

Holly J. Raider, PhD

Holly J. Raider, PhD, has been appointed dean of the School of Business and professor of management at Quinnipiac.

“Dr. Raider is a dynamic leader with a distinguished record collaborating with faculty to develop curricula and educate students who are sought by major corporations,” Liebowitz said. “She understands how to shape interdisciplinary, future-oriented programs that position students for success in tech and data-savvy environments.”

Raider will begin her tenure as dean of the School of Business on July 1, succeeding Matthew O’Connor, PhD, who will return to the finance faculty after serving as dean and advancing the school’s distinctions for 12 years. Raider will lead Quinnipiac’s business school, with 1,500 undergraduate students enrolled in the school’s 14 programs and almost 600 graduate students enrolled across seven programs.

“This is a pivotal time to join Quinnipiac University as it charts the future under the visionary leadership of President Judy Olian and Provost Debra Liebowitz,” Raider said. “I am honored to join this vibrant community and to collaborate with fellow university leaders, thoughtful faculty, committed administrators, passionate students, dedicated alumni and corporate leaders to advance Quinnipiac’s distinctive, student-centric approach to business education that prepares students to thrive in their careers and lives.”

Raider comes to Quinnipiac from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she is managing director of executive education and clinical professor of management.

Throughout her career, Raider has advanced the impact, relevance, and access to business education. With more than 20 years of expertise developing and leading global business education, she has spearheaded strategic learning partnerships with corporations, government, health care systems, professional sports organizations, and international universities. She also provides stewardship for Kellogg’s learning exchange with the U.S Army. Previously, Raider was associate dean of academic and faculty initiatives at Kellogg. Before her time at Northwestern, Raider was in executive education at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business where she designed and taught in global learning initiatives for senior executives and EMBA students.

During her time at Kellogg, Raider forged innovative programs, including collaboration across Northwestern University to bring the arts and humanities into business education. She launched the award-winning team that works with faculty and corporate partners in the development and implementation of in-person and online learning, including Kellogg’s first fully online, non-degree approach to graduate business education. She designed and spearheaded Kellogg’s Advanced Management Program to prepare senior leaders for enterprise-wide leadership responsibilities, and developed SPARK, an innovative teaching incubator.

Raider holds a BA from Barnard College and a PhD in sociology from Columbia University. From 1993-98, she was a scholar at the Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology in Groningen, Netherlands. Her research and scholarly publications are in the areas of career development, networks and knowledge transfer. Her current work focuses on preparing young professionals for the workplace of the future. An accomplished educator with a passion for student-centric, experiential learning, Raider was recognized with a teaching award from Northwestern’s Business Institutions Program, and she was honored with a Northwestern Wildcat Excellence Award for her work advising undergraduate students.

Quinnipiac’s AACSB accredited School of Business is home to the Terry W. Goodwin ’67 Financial Technology Center, the People’s United Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, the People’s United Center for Women and Business, and a $3 million student-run investment fund. The School of Business is also host to the annual GAME Forum, the largest student-run financial conference in the world. The business school is is consistently ranked by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report as among the best business schools for undergraduate and graduate programs.

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