Mary Lea McAnally, Van Houten Professor of Accounting and Mays faculty member since 2002, is eager to take on the position of associate dean for graduate programs. She already has been working on transitioning to her new leadership role with predecessor David Blackwell, who has accepted the deanship at the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics.

“He leaves the programs in a fabulous strategic position,” McAnally explains. “Our brand is strong due in no small part to his building and leading a dedicated team over the past few years.”

Mary Lea McAnally

McAnally looks forward to making her own mark on the graduate programs. “My chief priority is to continue to improve our suite of MBA programs: to innovate, expand, and respond to opportunities. We will launch the Professional MBA program in the fall of 2012, and much of my efforts in the coming months will focus on attracting top-notch students.”

McAnally teaches financial accounting in the Full-Time MBA, Executive MBA and Executive Education programs at Mays. She has taught at business schools in Canada, Austria and India. She has received numerous faculty-determined and student-initiated teaching awards at both Texas A&M and UT.

Dean Jerry Strawser says, “Mary Lea will be a dynamic addition to our school’s leadership team. She works closely with our Full-Time MBA and Executive MBA students and is one of the few faculty who have received teaching awards from both groups. She will build on the outstanding work of Dave Blackwell and move our already strong programs to the next level.”

McAnally is the Carol and David Van Houten Professor of Accounting at Mays and a former Chartered Accountant (Canada) and Certified Internal Auditor with experience in public practice and industry. Prior to arriving at Texas A&M, McAnally held positions at University of Texas at Austin, Canadian National Railways, and Dunwoody and Company.

Her research interests include accounting and disclosure in regulated environments, and accounting for risk. She has published articles in the leading academic journals including Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review and Contemporary Accounting Research. She has coauthored three textbooks and a casebook, all published by Cambridge Business Publishers.

She received her doctorate from Stanford University in 1994 and a bachelor’s in commerce from University of Alberta in 1982.