George Mason University has selected Sarah Nutter as dean for the School of Business. The school's acting dean since May 2013, Nutter will head a U.S. News & World Report top 100 business school that counts almost 4,000 students in its five undergraduate majors and seven graduate programs.
Nutter, an accounting professor and former Internal Revenue Service economist, was one of three finalists for dean. She has served in a variety of leadership roles at George Mason, including as the presidential fellow, interim university chief of staff and chair of the steering committee of Mason's strategic visioning process. She also 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.
"It's been a pleasure to work with Dean Nutter, particularly in recent years as she assumed leadership roles at the university," Mason Provost Peter Stearns says. "I really look forward to new levels of achievement for the School of Business under Dean Nutter's direction."
As acting dean, Nutter guided the School of Business' strategic planning process, aligning the school with the university's long-term goals to better serve the needs of today's students and the business community. Under her leadership, the School of Business already has launched a new Master's in Management Program to serve nonbusiness undergraduates with little or no work experience who are facing today's tough job market.
An award-winning educator and researcher, 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.
"Mason is in the business of changing lives, one person at a time," Nutter says. "Our reputation as an innovative, diverse, entrepreneurial and accessible university was a deciding factor when I first joined the faculty, and it continues to be the reason that I am excited to be a part of Mason Nation.
"I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve as the dean of our top 100 business school, and I look forward to continuing to build on our strengths in teaching and research, strengths that will propel our school to the next level."
Nutter currently serves on the AACSB Accounting Accreditation Committee, is president of the Accounting Program Leadership Group of the American Accounting Association and is on the board of the Virginia Society of CPAs Educational Foundation.
Nutter earned her undergraduate degree from Ferris State University in Michigan and her MBA and doctorate from Michigan State.