January 30, 2018

UCLA dean Olian named Quinnipiac's ninth president

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
Judy Olian of UCLA has been named the new president of Quinnipiac University.

Judy D. Olian, a UCLA dean who directs its graduate business school, has been appointed Quinnipiac University president, effective July 1.

Olian, whose official current title is John E. Anderson chair of Management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, emerged in a national search assisted by global search firm of Spencer Stuart. She succeeds outgoing Quinnipiac President John L. Lahey, who has been president since 1987.

William Weldon, chairman of Quinnipiac's board of trustees, called Olian "visionary" and said she will build on the foundation and momentum the university has developed in the national educational arena.

"Her ability to lead an internationally renowned business school, together with her demonstrated success in shaping a global strategy for the entire UCLA community, make her uniquely qualified to lead Quinnipiac to even greater heights," Weldon said.

She will articulate a vision for the future of the university with stakeholders, including an "entrepreneurial" board of trustees and an engaged community of faculty, students, staff and alumni who embrace innovation and new ideas, he said.

Olian said she sees Quinnipiac as a potential "model for higher education, preparing young people and professionals for work, life and citizenry in the 21st century."

Olian earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and her master's degree and Ph.D. in industrial relations at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Olian lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Peter Liberti.

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