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The Dean’s Biography

Frank HodgeFrank Hodge is the Orin & Janet Smith Dean at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. He was appointed the 14th dean of the school in July 2019.

Dean Hodge joined the faculty at UW Foster in 2000. Prior to becoming Dean, he served as chair of the Department of Accounting and as the UW Faculty Athletics Representative to the Pac-12 and NCAA. He holds an undergraduate degree from Carroll College and earned his MBA and Ph.D. from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

Known as “Coach” to his students, his teaching has been recognized with dozens of awards across the undergraduate, graduate and executive levels, including the PACCAR Award for Excellence in Teaching, the school’s highest teaching honor, which is selected entirely by students.

Dean Hodge’s research focuses on how managers disclose, and individuals use, accounting information to make investment decisions. He has published extensively and served on the editorial boards of the leading accounting journals and has presented his work at the Securities and Exchange Commission as well as more than 40 conferences and universities around the world.

During his first year as Dean, he appointed the school’s first Associate Dean of Inclusion and Diversity and faced the onset of the COVID 19 pandemic, during which the Foster School became the first school in the country to move all classes online.

In 2020, Dean Hodge led a community process to create the Foster School’s first purpose statement, which serves as its North Star:
      We Foster Leaders
      We Foster Insights
      We Foster Progress
                  …To Better Humanity

On a personal note, Frank is married, has two daughters, and lives in Seattle. Frank grew up in Idaho and Montana and he enjoys the outdoor lifestyle of the Pacific Northwest, spending his free time cycling and endurance trail running.