Jacqueline M. Olich

Senior Director of University Collaborations

Jackie Olich


  • PhD, History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MA, History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • BA, History, Lafayette College, Graduated cum laude
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Jacqueline M. Olich, PhD, is an administrator, educator and entrepreneur with experience building partnerships and developing innovative interdisciplinary projects. She joined RTI International, one of the world’s leading independent non-profit research institutes, in 2014. As RTI’s first senior director of University Collaborations, she leads RTI International's University Collaboration Office (UCO), which serves as a catalyst and hub for outreach at the university level, developing and managing partnerships with leading regional, national and international academic institutions. In her current role, she establishes networks to link ideas and people and oversees the RTI University Scholars Program and the Internship Program. Dr. Olich leads RTI’s participation in the Duke University-RTI Funds Launching Alliances for Research Exploration (FLARE) and NC State University Game-Changing Research Incentive Program (GRIP) initiatives.

Prior to joining RTI, she was a member of the Graduate Faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Director of Graduate Studies in Russian and East European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Associate Director of UNC’s Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies. As Associate Director, Dr. Olich coordinated, and oversaw programs for a Duke-UNC Title VI U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center and administered more than $1.5 million in student fellowships.

Dr. Olich has published in more than 10 academic publications, including the Journal of Multimedia History, the Encyclopedia of Russian History, and the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth. Dr. Olich has served as a reviewer for The University of North Carolina Press, Environmental History, The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, and Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue canadienne des slavistes. Dr. Olich is an adjunct associate professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Public Health Leadership Program and a Fellow at the UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies.

Previously, she co-founded Diba Industries, Durham, NC, and Danbury, CT, for which she provided leadership, management, and helping to grow annual revenues to $12M (FY 2003), launching two locations and successfully selling the company in 2004 to the multinational Halma Technology Group.

Dr. Olich is a graduate and former Advisory Board member of the BRIDGES Academic Leadership for Women Program. She served on the 2016 Jury of the Academy for the Global Healthcare Innovation Academy in Calgary, Alberta and was a judge for the 17th Annual Duke Startup Challenge. She serves on the Duke University NEH Next Generation PhD Advisory Committee. Recently, Dr. Olich was selected to join the 2016-2017 class of Leadership North Carolina (LNC), a group of established and emerging leaders who conduct sessions around the state to highlight social, geographic and economic diversity that exists in North Carolina.