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10: Frank Hodge on Constructing a State of the Art Business School

A peer-to-peer discussion with the Orin & Janet Smith Dean at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.

Show notes:

On this episode of Deans Counsel, moderators Jim Ellis and Dave Ikenberry speak with Frank Hodge, a Professor of Accounting and the Orin and Janet Smith Dean of the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.

In this conversation, Frank walks Jim and Dave through the process of building a business school, covering:

• How to choose an architect • Building a building as a living organism • The importance of creating a purpose statement • The power of building not just a building, but a community

About Frank Hodge:

Frank 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 and has elevated Foster to be a global innovator in preparing tomorrow’s diverse leaders to better humanity through business.

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.


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