Quinnipiac names Judy D. Olian ninth president

By Andrew Weiss

Quinnipiac University announced Monday afternoon that Judy D. Olian would be named the ninth president in the history of the school.

Olian takes over the role from John Lahey, who served as Quinnipiac's president since 1978, a 31- year tenure. Lahey officially gives way to Olian on July 1, 2018.

"I can't tell you how thrilled I am to be here," Olian said. "(I am) very excited to be joining you in building this next phase of a very special university."

 Olian takes time out to talk to Hamden mayor Curt B. Lang after her press conference.

Olian takes time out to talk to Hamden mayor Curt B. Lang after her press conference.

Olian has been serving as the dean at the UCLA Anderson School of Management since 2006, and is the first female president in Quinnipiac history.

The school had been reviewing candidates for a new president since Lahey announced his impending retirement in April of 2017. Under Lahey, Quinnipiac has added two campuses and increased enrollment to more than five times as many students per year, as well as a added a polling institute and Division I athletics.

“This is an exciting time for Quinnipiac University,” Lahey said in a statement announcing Olian's appointment. “We wish Dr. Judy Olian the best of luck as she builds on the success forged by our students, faculty and staff, working with the Quinnipiac community to move our institution to even greater levels of achievement.”