July 09, 2007

LOS ANGELES - Judy D. Olian, dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management has been appointed the 2007-2008 chair of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.  AACSB International has been the premier accrediting body for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in business administration and accounting since 1916. 

“Management education is now a global enterprise, with responsibility to prepare individuals to grow and lead organizations in communities across the world,” said Dean Judy Olian, who began her AACSB term July 1.  “AACSB has an obligation to set the standard for the ingredients of quality management education worldwide. It must also look to the horizon for emerging challenges that will impact how we prepare individuals for leadership in organizations around the world, and how business schools can impact markets and societies.”

Olian has already left a mark on AACSB, having chaired two important industry commissions - one on the future of management education, and the other on the looming crisis surrounding shortages of doctorally trained business faculty.  She has been an AACSB board member since 2001.  As chair, she will continue to champion critical initiatives such as addressing the doctoral faculty shortage, enhancing the impact of business research, documenting the societal and market influences of business schools worldwide, and helping define what global education means. 

Since taking the post as dean and John E. Anderson Chair in Management at UCLA Anderson in January 2006, Olian has led the school in shaping an ambitious strategic plan, currently in its first year of implementation.  She is also engaged in an aggressive growth strategy, hiring a record number of faculty from the world’s best research institutions and leading an ambitious fund-raising campaign.  Prior to her UCLA appointment, Olian was the dean of Pennsylvania State University’s Smeal College of Business Administration where she guided a $68 million fund-raising campaign and spearheaded comprehensive overhauls of the undergraduate and graduate business programs. 

Olian is Australian born, receiving her bachelor of science in psychology from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and her master’s and Ph.D. in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  She is published in many academic journals, has spoken globally on management, authored a weekly syndicated newspaper column and hosted a monthly television show on current business topics.  Among her honors are the American Council on Education Fellowship and the Maryland Association for Higher Education Award for Innovation.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management, established in 1935, is regarded among the very best business schools in the world.  UCLA Anderson faculty are ranked #1 in "Intellectual Capital" by BusinessWeek and are renowned for their teaching excellence and research that advances management thinking and practice.  Each year, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,600 students enrolled in MBA, Executive MBA, Fully-Employed MBA and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 professional managers through executive education programs.  Combining highly selective admissions, innovative learning programs, and a world-wide network of 35,000 alumni, UCLA Anderson develops and prepares global leaders.

Founded in 1916 by a consortium of business schools including Harvard University (Harvard Business School), the University of Pennsylvania (The Wharton School) and Northwestern University (Kellogg School of Management), AACSB International is the premier accrediting agency for bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and doctoral degree programs in business administration and accounting. The non-profit association is also the business education community’s professional development organization, conducting a wide array of conference and seminar programs at various locations around the world.  The mission of AACSB International is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation and thought leadership. 

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