In 2002, Mary P. Canning assumed the role of dean of GGU's School of Taxation, and in 2006 she also became dean of the School of Accounting.
Canning has been with the University since 1987, serving in a variety of capacities including adjunct and associate professor of tax programs.
From 1997-2002, Canning was the associate dean of the School of Taxation as well an associate professor. She also directed the school's full-time masters in tax and tax internship programs. She has received GGU's Outstanding Adjunct Faculty award, the Outstanding Scholarship of Teaching award for full-time faculty, as well as Distinguished Service award. In addition to her role as Dean, Canning maintains a tax practice servicing individual clients and small businesses.
Canning earned her BA in social welfare from the University of California at Berkeley, and her JD and LLM in taxation from Golden Gate University. She has held positions in the Coopers and Lybrand tax department and was a senior tax manager at Ernst & Young.