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The New Leader of the School of Commerce at the University of Virginia

Nicole Thorne Jenkins has been named the next dean of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, effective July 1. Dr. Jenkins is currently vice dean of the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky, where she is also the Von Allmen Chaired Professor of Accountancy. She was previously on the faculty at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and Washington University in St. Louis.

“My family and I are excited to be joining the University of Virginia community and look forward to moving to Grounds in the near future,” Jenkins said. “As a leader in business education, the McIntire School of Commerce has a well-deserved reputation for excellence, built upon a foundation of uniquely designed and rigorous programs, an accomplished faculty, a highly skilled administration, and exceptional students. It is my privilege to join this outstanding community and collaborate with them to build upon the many points of pride that are the McIntire School of Commerce and UVA.”

Jenkins is a Maryland native who developed her interest in business early on. She grew up working on her family’s farm and for her parents’ waste removal company. From the age of 10, she was responsible for billing customers, processing deposits, and preparing documents for auditors.

Dr. Jenkins holds bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance from Drexel University in Philadelphia and a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Iowa.


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