UW News

December 10, 2018

Frank Hodge named dean of the Foster School of Business

UW News

Frank Hodge has been named the next Orin and Janet Smith Dean of the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, Provost Mark A. Richards announced today. His appointment, set to begin July 9, 2019, is subject to approval by the UW Board of Regents.

Hodge will replace Dean James Jiambalvo, who has served since 2005 and will return to the faculty.

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Frank Hodge is the new dean of the Foster School of BusinessUniversity of Washington

A longtime UW professor and a 2014 recipient of the PACCAR Award for Excellence in Teaching, Hodge has chaired the school’s Department of Accounting since 2013, and has served as the faculty athletics representative since 2014. His research interests include how managers disclose and individuals use accounting information to make decisions.

“Professor Hodge brings to the dean position an in-depth knowledge of and commitment to the mission and work of the Foster School of Business, as well as to its culture and operations. Throughout the search process, Professor Hodge discussed the need to advance innovation and diversity among faculty, staff and students,” Richards said.

Over the past decade, the Foster School has surged in prominence and reputation, as it is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the seventh-best public business school in the country, and third-best according to Bloomberg Businessweek. The School’s undergraduate, graduate and executive education programs are known for their excellent faculty, partnerships with the business community and team-driven learning culture.

“I am confident that Dr. Hodge will continue this momentum, while championing new opportunities for growth and distinction,” Richards said.

As the UW’s faculty athletics representative, Hodge has demonstrated a commitment to diversity and academic excellence. In that role he facilitates good relations between athletics and faculty and campus leaders, and monitors the well-being of student athletes, athletic and academic integrity and compliance. Additionally, he represents the UW at the Pac-12 Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Academic performance of UW student-athletes is at an all-time high.

Throughout his time at the UW, Hodge has embraced innovation and forged connections with business. In response to increased demand for accounting students with data and analytics skills, Hodge initiated a complete curriculum update in the Master of Professional Accounting Program, which placed 97 percent of its graduates last year.

“Foster is one of the premier business schools in the world,” Hodge said. “I am proud to be a faculty member and truly honored to be its next dean. I am most excited to begin working with the wonderful people in the Foster community, both internal and external, to collaboratively explore ways to create futures and make a meaningful impact.”

Hodge earned his undergraduate degree from Carroll College in Montana. He received both his master’s and doctoral degrees from Indiana University before joining the faculty at the UW in 2000.