Nancy A. Bagranoff, accounting scholar, named dean of University of Richmond's Robins School of Business

April 23, 2010

Nancy A. Bagranoff, president of the American Accounting Association and an accounting scholar with numerous textbooks and articles on accounting information systems, consulting, and information technology audit and control to her credit, has been named the next dean of the University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business.

Presently dean and professor of accounting of Old Dominion University’s College of Business and Public Administration since 2003, Bagranoff joins the Robins School Aug. 9. She succeeds interim dean Robert M. Schmidt, who has led Richmond’s business school since June 2009.

"Nancy brings to the Robins deanship just the skill set we were looking for — national leadership in her field, deep and varied administrative experience, and a record of engagement with the business community,” said Richmond President Edward Ayers. Provost Steve Allred added that she was “the consensus first choice of the search committee and the faculty, staff and students of the Robins School of Business. She will enjoy broad, enthusiastic support as she begins her deanship."

Bagranoff previously served the American Accounting Association as president of the information systems section, vice president for education and member of its consultative advisory group to the International Accounting Education Standards Board.

In 1981, Bagranoff passed the CPA exam in the District of Columbia and joined The George Washington University as an accounting instructor and doctoral student. She received her doctor of business administration degree in accounting and information systems in 1986. Subsequently, she has taught at American University, where she chaired the accounting department, and Miami University (Ohio) as director of the master of accountancy degree program.

Along with her doctorate, Bagranoff holds an M.S. in accounting from Syracuse University, a B.S. in marketing from The Ohio State University, and an A.A. from Briarcliff College.

In Hampton Roads, she has served on BB&T’s Norfolk Advisory Board and on the boards of the Virginia Maritime Heritage Foundation, Organization of Women in International Trade chapter, Economics Club, CIVIC Leadership Institute and Chamber of Commerce.

BusinessWeek magazine nationally ranks the Robins School No. 15 among undergraduate business programs and No. 15 among part-time MBA programs, noting its high quality of academics, teaching and facilities. Its executive education division offers open enrollment courses and customized leadership development programs for individuals and businesses.