Mary Margaret Frank is an Associate Professor of Business Administration and Academic Director of the Institute for Business in Society at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. Previously she taught at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, and received her Ph.D. in accounting from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Frank currently serves on the Board of Directors and as Chairperson of Veru Healthcare.
Professor Frank’s research, teaching, and curricular development sit at the intersection of private and public sector engagement. She began her career exploring the effect of tax policies on corporate and investor behavior. Her interests have evolved over time into a broader exploration of cross-sector engagement on societal issues in order to affect change. Professor Frank has initiated a cross-disciplinary agenda at the University of Virginia, including pan-university graduate seminars on the national debt and fighting HIV in the United States, and creation of the P3 Impact Award to recognize outstanding global public-private partnerships and the Tri-Sector Leadership Fellows program featuring business, law, and public policy speakers and issues. These initiatives, her outstanding teaching, her innovative curricular design, and her leading research have led Frank and her students to receive accolades from leading political figures as well as numerous awards.
Professor Frank believes that solving society’s most complicated problems requires talented people from a variety of backgrounds who want to work together for a common goal.