Mary Margaret Frank

Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development; Samuel A. Lewis Sr. Faculty Fellow;
John Tyler Professor of Business Administration;
Institute for Business in Society Academic Director


FOB 299 B

Academic Area

Areas of Expertise

Tax Planning and Policy, Accounting, Mergers and Acquisitions, Cross-Sector Collaboration, Public-Private Partnerships, Impact and ESG Investing

Education: B.S., MAcc, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Professor of Business Administration Mary Margaret Frank teaches in the Accounting area at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. In addition to holding the John Tyler Professor of Business Administration, Frank is also an academic director for Darden's Institute for Business in Society (IBiS). Her current academic interests include the integration of business principles and public policy objectives, cross-sector collaboration and leadership, and sustainable investing. These interests began with her research on the effects of tax, financial accounting and patent reporting on the strategy of corporate management, investors, and entrepreneurs. She created the P3 Impact Award, established with Concordia and the U.S. Department of State, and UVA's Tri-Sector Leadership program.

Prior to joining the Darden faculty in 2002, Frank taught at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago and the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. She practiced as a CPA and senior tax consultant for Arthur Andersen in Washington, D.C. before receiving her PhD. After arriving at Darden, she served for over 10 years as a board of director and chairperson of the Audit Committee for Veru Inc., formerly known as the Female Health Company (FHC).

Mary Margaret Frank's Ideas to Action Posts


Selected Publications

Frank, Mary Margaret, Brian Adams, and Tod Perry. "The Potential for Inflating Earnings Through the Expected Rate of Return on Defined Benefit Pension Plan Assets." Accounting Horizons 25, No. 3 (September 2011): p. 443-464.

Mary Margaret Frank. Discussion of "Inferring U.S. Tax Liability from Financial Statement Information," Journal of American Taxation Association, Vol. 31, No. 1, Spring 2009, 65-74.

Mary Margaret Frank, Luann J. Lynch, and Sonja Olhoft Rego. "Tax Reporting Aggressiveness and Its Relation to Aggressive Financial Reporting, The Accounting Review, Vol. 84, No. 2, March 2009, 467-496.


Case Studies

Advancing knowledge through research that shapes business, Darden professors are recognized thought leaders in their fields. They are not only master case method teachers, they also author many of the cases used in Darden classrooms and around the world.

Mary Margaret Frank's cases are available in the Darden Business Publishing website.