The UCLA Anderson School of Management said Thursday that it had appointed Pennsylvania State University business school Dean Judy Olian to lead the school.
As dean of Pennsylvania State's Smeal College of Business since 2000, Olian oversaw the school's undergraduate, MBA and PhD programs, UCLA Chancellor Albert Carnesale said. She led a fundraising campaign for a $68-million facility for the school that opened this summer.
"Dr. Olian brings to her new post a commitment to interdisciplinary education, which is a priority at UCLA," Carnesale said.
A native of Australia, Olian holds degrees in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an undergraduate degree in psychology from Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Olian succeeds the current dean, Bruce Willison, on Jan. 1, pending approval by the University of California Board of Regents.
The Anderson School, founded in 1935, is ranked 11th in U.S. News and World Report magazine's 2006 survey of the top U.S. business schools.