Sarah E. Nutter is currently serving as the dean of George Mason University's School of Business, where she is also a professor of accounting.
For two years she served as the Presidential Fellow at George Mason University, serving as the interim chief of staff for the university and chairing the steering committee of the university strategic visioning process. Dr. Nutter is a Senior Scholar at Mason's Mercatus Center and has previously served as the Accounting Area Chair and director of the Executive MBA program. An award-winning educator and researcher, Dr. Nutter brings a strong commitment to external engagement and cross-unit collaborative efforts that leverage university and school strengths in meeting the challenges and opportunities in higher education.
Dr. Nutter’s research is focused on understanding how incentives and institutional/individual differences affect business and individual behavior. Her research focuses primarily on the impact of taxes and tax structures on individuals and businesses. She has published more than thirty articles that have appeared in the Journal of Accounting and Economics, The Accounting Review, Journal of the American Taxation Association, Advances in Taxation, and Statistics of Income Bulletin.
Dr. Nutter teaches courses in accounting and taxation in the undergraduate, MBA, and Executive MBA programs. She has received several teaching awards for Outstanding Faculty Member from George Mason’s Executive MBA Program. She has developed executive education courses for numerous governmental agencies and companies, including Oracle Corporation, General Dynamics, Time Warner, Sallie Mae, and Lee Technologies. She has led global residencies for graduate students to Singapore, Vietnam, China, Germany, and the Czech Republic.
Dr. Nutter serves on the Fairfax County Chamber Board, the board of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG National Capital) and the Fairfax City Economic Development Authority. She also serves on the boards of Burke and Herbert Bank and William T. Hazel, Incorporated. She currently serves on the AACSB Initial Accreditation Committee, and previously served as the president of the Accounting Program Leadership Group of the American Accounting Association and on the board of the Virginia Society of CPAs Educational Foundation.
Prior to her faculty appointment at George Mason, Dr. Nutter was an economist at the Internal Revenue Service and a faculty member at the University of Maryland-Overseas Division in Germany. She earned her undergraduate degree from Ferris State University and her MBA and PhD from Michigan State University.