Judy Olian – Dean of UCLA’s Anderson School of Management

Judy Olian has been an influential figure in business education as the dean of leading business schools and as head of key industry groups that advance the mission of management thought leadership. Currently, she serves as Dean and John E. Anderson Chair in Management at UCLA Anderson School of Management. Judy Olian also sits on the boards of advisors of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management, and is a frequent speaker on management education around the world. She has chaired industry commissions that have been central to the direction of management education. She spent several years on the Board of AACSB — the International Association for Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business, and served as its chairman. Olian is a strong advocate for women as a member of the advisory board of think-tank Catalyst, and through many initiatives at UCLA Anderson that promote the advancement of women in business schools and in developed and developing economies around the world.
A native of Australia, Judy Olian attended college in Israel, earning a BA in psychology from The Hebrew University. She completed an MS and a PhD in industrial relations and human resource management at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Olian rose through the ranks at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and served as its senior associate dean and acting dean, and assistant to the president of the University of Maryland. She also provided HR consulting services to a number of large public and private organizations. In 2000, Judy Olian began a five-year term as dean and professor of management at Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business, after which she assumed her current role at UCLA Anderson.


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