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Sarah E. Nutter

Charles E. Kern Professor

Affiliations: Accounting
Phone: 541-346-7577
Office: Lillis 386



Sarah E. Nutter is a professor of accounting at the University of Oregon's Lundquist College of Business. She was previously the college's dean from 2017-2022. From 2013-2016, she was dean of the School of Business at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She has more than three decades of experience in teaching and research.

She is also a seasoned university administrator, having served as GMU's accounting area chair, director of its executive MBA program, and interim university chief of staff before assuming her most recent role as dean.

After earning her MBA and doctorate in accounting from Michigan State University, Nutter joined the faculty at George Mason in 1995. While at GMU, she received the executive MBA program's Outstanding Faculty Award five times. She was also a presidential fellow with responsibility for campuswide initiatives and a senior scholar at the Mercatus Center.

Nutter currently serves on the board of directors of AACSB International, the world's leading business school accreditation organization. Previously, she served as the president of the Accounting Program Leadership Group of the American Accounting Association.

Degree History:
  • PhD, Accounting, Michigan State University
  • MBA, Emphasis in Accounting and Finance, Michigan State University
  • BS, Accounting, Ferris State University
Professional Leadership:
  • Led residencies for graduate students to Singapore, Vietnam, China, Germany, and the Czech Republic
  • Developed executive education courses for governmental agencies and companies, including Oracle Corporation, Time Warner, and Sallie Mae
  • Economist at the Internal Revenue Service
  • Faculty member at the University of Maryland-Overseas Division in Germany
Honors and Awards:
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, Executive MBA Program, George Mason University School of Business, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2011, and 2013

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Areas of Expertise

  • Impact of taxes and taxation structures on individuals and businesses
  • Incentives and differences on institutional and individual behavior

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Journal Articles:

Nutter, Sarah E., Lillian F. Mills, and Casey M. Schwab. "The Effect of Political Sensitivity and Power on Taxes: Evidence from Federal Contractors." The Accounting Review 88, no. 3: 977–1005.

May 2013

Nutter, Sarah E., and Anne M. Magro. "Evaluating the Strength of Evidence: How Experience Affects the Use of Analogical Reasoning and Configural Information Processing in Tax." The Accounting Review 87, no. 1: 291–312.

January 2012

Nutter, Sarah, E. "Fair Value Accounting: An Age-Old Debate." Journal of Law, Economics, and Policy 6, no. 2: 185–192.

April 2010
Other Publications:

Unnava, H. Rao, and Sarah E. Nutter. "New Strategies for an Uncertain Future." AACSB Insights.

August 2022


  • "Adaptive Reasoning and Tax Research Performance," Behavioral Tax Symposium in Fairfax, Virginia

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In the News

Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends, the Lundquist College raised more than $144 million during a multi-year campaign.
The Lundquist College secured its highest ranking in more than a decade on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Business Schools list for 2022.
The Lundquist College of Business is prioritizing career readiness.
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) has officially extended the Lundquist College of Business's accreditation in both business and accounting.
New funds are helping Lundquist College students manage the extra expenses that usually accompany experiential opportunities.
The Lundquist College boasts an impressive track record preparing the next generation of post-secondary educators, researchers, advisors, administrators, leaders, and scholars.
The Oregon MBA was honored by a third-best designation in The Princeton Review’s ranking of Best Green MBA programs
Thanks to private philanthropy, the college is responding to the current situation in ways that will strengthen our programming going forward.