January 03, 2006

UCLA Anderson Welcomes New Dean Judy D. Olian

Dr. Olian is a respected scholar and innovative leader

Dean Judy D. OlianLOS ANGELES – UCLA Anderson School of Management begins 2006 by welcoming new dean, Judy D. Olian. Formerly the dean of the Smeal College of Business Administration at Pennsylvania State University, Olian becomes UCLA Anderson’s eighth dean.

"Dr. Olian is a respected scholar and innovative leader with a deep commitment to the type of interdisciplinary education that is a priority at UCLA Anderson School of Management," said UCLA Chancellor Albert Carnesale. "She brings many assets that will serve the school well as it continues its growth among the nation’s leading business schools."

At Smeal, Dean Olian led an ambitious fundraising campaign for a $68 million state-of-the-art-facility opened in 2005; spearheaded comprehensive renewals of the undergraduate, M.B.A. and Ph.D. programs; and oversaw program expansion through the launch of the Smeal Trading Room, the eBusiness Research Center, the e-Incubator Lab, the Auctions Market Lab, the Nittany Lion Fund LLC (a student run investment fund) and the Philadelphia-based Executive M.B.A. program.  Also during her tenure, the college raised more than $55 million from private donors and foundations.

Olian has been widely published in journals on human resource management and business alignment of management systems, wrote a weekly nationally 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.

Her honors include the American Council on Education Fellowship and the Maryland Association for Higher Education Award for Innovation. She also has chaired two industry-wide commissions addressing the future of management education and the looming shortage of business Ph.D. graduates. She was the lead author of two influential white papers published by AACSB, the premier international accrediting body among business schools.

A native of Australia, Olian holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an undergraduate degree in psychology from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Prior to her tenure at Smeal, she served as senior associate dean and professor of management and organization at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, where she developed an award-winning business-engineering undergraduate program.

"Scholarship that addresses important business questions is essential to the mission of leading business schools," Olian said. "The Anderson faculty is among the best in the world at conducting scholarship that is important and has impact, and in bringing such scholarship into the classroom. These are among the many distinctions of UCLA Anderson that so attracted me to this opportunity."

Rakesh Sarin, professor, faculty chair and senior associate dean at UCLA Anderson said, "We all look forward to helping Dr. Olian continue sharpening UCLA Anderson’s focus on the education and services it provides to attract the world’s best students and faculty and to keep us competitive in all facets of our operations."

Dean Olian succeeds Bruce Willison, under whose leadership UCLA Anderson’s reputation and global rankings continued to rise, including its recent acknowledgements for faculty research and student selectivity that were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 by BusinessWeek and U.S. News & World Report, respectively. He also led the school toward the successful completion of its $100 million fundraising campaign.

"I am very excited about this appointment," said Steve Green, M.B.A. 1995 and president of the UCLA Anderson Alumni Association, who also served on the search advisory group. "She really understands the importance of alumni in the school’s future, and we look forward to her joining the UCLA Anderson family."

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About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management is perennially ranked among the top-tier business schools in the world. Award-winning faculty renowned for their research and teaching, highly selective admissions, successful alumni and world-class facilities combine to provide an extraordinary learning environment. UCLA Anderson constituents are part of a culture that values individual vision, intellectual discipline and a sense of teamwork and collegiality.

Established in 1935, UCLA Anderson School of Management provides management education to more than 1,400 students enrolled in MBA and doctoral programs, and some 2,000 executives and managers enrolled annually in executive education programs. Recognizing that the school offers unparalleled expertise in management education, the world's business community turns to UCLA Anderson School of Management as a center of influence for the ideas, innovations, strategies and talent that will shape the future.

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