Judy D. Olian

Dean Emeritus and Chair Emeritus, John E. Anderson Chair in Management
Areas of Expertise:
  • Human Resource Strategies
  • Leadership
  • Management Education
  • Organizational Structure and Design




Judy D. Olian, Ph.D., served as the eighth dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management for more than a dozen years, simultaneously holding the John E. Anderson Chair in Management. Her appointment as dean commenced in January 2006 and concluded in June 2018, when she became the 9th president of Quinnipiac University.

Under her leadership, Anderson hired a record number of faculty, and raised over $440 million for student and faculty support and to create innovative programming. Her tenure as dean also saw the expansion of the school’s Board of Advisors, attracting many prominent business leaders who represent diverse functional and global perspectives, as well as the creation of the school’s Master of Financial Engineering and Master of Science in Business Analytics programs.

Prior to her term at Anderson, Olian was 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. 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 Technology Development Group, and on the advisory board of Catalyst.

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