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Quinnipiac University President Judy Olian has purchased 10929 E. Fortuna Drive in Scottsdale Ariz.
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Quinnipiac University President Judy Olian has purchased 10929 E. Fortuna Drive in Scottsdale Ariz.

Courtesy of Silverleaf Realty

Quinnipiac University President Judy Olian has purchased a multimillion-dollar home in Arizona but has no plans on retiring, according to university spokesperson John Morgan.

Olian and her husband, Peter Liberti, bought the Scottsdale, Ariz., property in October for $3.85 million. AZCentral.com and the Quinnipiac Chronicle first reported the story; the New Haven Register verified the information Thursday with a real estate office and with Quinnipiac’s communications department.

Located at 10929 E. Fortuna Drive, the 4,899-square-foot home has five bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths, according to its listing on Silverleaf Realty’s website. It features a heated pool, spa, a built-in barbecue and a large, built-in patio, the listing shows.

The home was sold Oct. 12, the Silverleaf Realty website says.

It will serve as Olian’s second home, Morgan said in a statement first provided to the Chronicle.

“Like many other university leaders, President Olian has had a secondary home in addition to her official campus residence,” he wrote. “Along with her husband, Peter, she recently purchased a house in Scottsdale, Arizona, after previously owning a home in California. President Olian is not retiring and looks forward to the work ahead at Quinnipiac.”

Olian, 70, became Quinnipiac’s president in 2018, succeeding John Lahey, who headed the university for more than 30 years.

During her tenure, she has helped establish a partnership between Quinnipiac and Hartford Healthcare aimed to expand learning opportunities for students and grow the workforce.

Olian has made more controversial headlines for Quinnipiac’s decisions to shutter Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum and to sell the broadcast license to the campus radio station, WQUN.

She currently is pursuing the university’s biggest construction project in years, a $293 million project that, if completed, would add three new buildings to a “south quad” on the Mount Carmel campus. Those include a residence hall, a school of business and an academic building.

Olian currently resides on Spruce Bank Road in Hamden. Quinnipiac purchased that property for $6.5 million in 2018, according to town property records.

The university undertook a $1 million renovation of the home the following year.   

meghan.friedmann@hearstmediact.com

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