Judy Olian - A Career Built on Innovation and Leadership

Since beginning her career at the University of Maryland as an assistant professor of management and organization, Judy Olian has developed a reputation for bold innovations in management education, to advance management thinking and to prepare students for careers as leaders. While still at the University of Maryland, she launched the award winning TQ program for business-engineering undergraduates, to meet demand in the marketplace for graduates schooled in continuous improvement. At UCLA Anderson, she developed a self-supporting financial model – a first in the entire University of California System. Currently serving as Dean and John E. Anderson Chair in Management at UCLA Anderson School of Management, Judy Olian continues to challenge the way management education is delivered.

While serving at the University of Maryland, Judy Olian held a variety of faculty and executive roles within the institution’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, eventually becoming its senior associate dean. She was appointed Dean of The Pennsylvania State University’s Smeal College of Business where she oversaw academic curricula for almost 6,000 students, boosted program rankings, created strategic partnerships, and spearheaded successful fundraising efforts including an extensive campaign for the construction of the awarding winning facility for the Smeal College of Business. During this time, Olian wrote a nationally syndicated weekly management column and hosted a television show -- About Business.

Since joining UCLA Anderson in 2006, Judy Olian has augmented the school’s global reputation and offerings. UCLA Anderson has expanded programs, increased enrollments, attracted a record number of applicants, hired new faculty from leading research institutions worldwide, launched pioneering global immersion courses, and developed targeted international partnerships. Over the eight years since arriving at UCLA, Judy Olian has attracted more than $180 million in support from generous doors, and she is launching UCLA Anderson’s Centennial Campaign to commemorate UCLA’s 100th anniversary in 2019. Under Judy Olian’s leadership, UCLA Anderson is transitioning to a financially self-supporting school, a financial model which is a first within the University of California system.

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