Deans Bio


Dean and John E. Anderson Chair in Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management

Judy D. Olian, Ph.D., is dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management and John E. Anderson Chair in Management. She began her appointment in January 2006 after serving more than five years as 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 at the University of Maryland. 

UCLA Anderson is among the leading business schools in the world, annually providing management education across MBA, masters and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 working professionals through executive education programs. The school has several internationally recognized research centers and a global alumni network of more than 37,000 graduates.  Under her leadership, UCLA Anderson has hired a record number of faculty and raised over $350 million for students and faculty support and to create innovative programming.

The School’s Board of Advisors 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. 

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. She serves on the boards of United Therapeutics, Ares Management and UCLA Technology Transfer Corporation and on the advisory board of Catalyst.

Born and raised in Australia, Olian holds a B.S. degree in psychology from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.