olianHAMDEN: Judy D. Olian has been appointed the ninth president of Quinnipiac University. Olian, is dean and John E. Anderson Chair of Management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, she will succeed John L. Lahey as president on July 1.

Olian in her remarks at the announcement on January 29 indicated that she has grown up in several locations around the world. She is a native of Austraila, and went to Hebrew University of Jerusalem and received her Masters of Science and earned her PhD. In Industrial Relations and Human Resource management at the University of Wisconsin.

Olian was a professor and senior associate dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. She served as the Dean of the Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University where she was a Professor of Management.

"The opportunity to lead Quinnipiac University is especially gratifying," Olian said. "Quinnipiac achieves strong alignment between learning and market needs and impacts a broad mix of students and professionals through life-changing development and career opportunities. Quinnipiac is a very nimble, bold and creative institution. I believe that Quinnipiac can be a model for higher education, preparing young people and professionals for work, life and citizenry in the 21st century."

As dean and John E. Anderson Chair in Management at UCLA since 2006, Olian directs a graduate business school. The school has several 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.

Olian is recognized for her own business skills, according to Quinnipiac’s release, “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."