Get to know Dean Bagranoff

While Dean Nancy Bagranoff gears up to serve the Robins School this upcoming year, she is also closing out one of her most notable professional accomplishments as President of the American Accounting Association (AAA).

Dean Bagranoff had the opportunity to lead 8,400 members of the AAA over the past year following previous service on the organization’s Executive Committee.  She has served as President of the Information Systems section and Vice President for Education.

Her duties as President included heading the Executive Committee, leading organizational initiatives in the strategic plan, acting as chief spokesperson and liaison of the AAA.  There are 16 sections and seven regions of the AAA, all of which Dean Bagranoff visited during her term.

She also worked with other organizations such as the International Accounting Education Standards Board, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as many accounting firms and, of course, the Big Four.  

“Ultimately, I was responsible for carrying out our vision, mission, and strategy,” she said.

Dean Bagranoff was also in charge of facilitating and planning the AAA’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco, which took place on August 1-5, 2010 with an attendance of approximately 3,000 people.

Dean Bagranoff says of her experience: “First, it was a leadership role and you learn something different from each leadership experience.  Second, I have had the chance to interact with faculty at just about every business school in the United States and many internationally.”  She believes that many skills she acquired through her term as President will aid her as Dean of the Robins School of Business.  

While she is certainly passionate about her experience as President of the AAA, Dean Bagranoff is very energized about this chapter in her professional life.  

“I am honored to have the opportunity to represent amazing people with an almost incredible set of accomplishments.  How fun to tell the story of so many successes.  I believe in the mission and vision of the University of Richmond and the Robins School as it coincides so well with my own value set.  Richmond has the ability to shape its students in a unique way due to its small class sizes, faculty and staff who are absolutely dedicated to the students, and through leadership that values people,” she said.

Apart from representing the Robins School, she is also eager to interact with the entire Spider Network: “I look forward to getting to know the students, our alumni, our community partners, and the city of Richmond.  I plan to spend my first 90 days on a “listening tour,” where I will accumulate input from a variety of stakeholders.  This input will assist me in shaping our strategic priorities over the next few years.”