Associate Vice President
James “Jim” Fortner is the Associate Vice President for Financial Services at Georgia Institute of Technology. Jim has 20 years of experience in university finance and accounting administration, including 15 years of experience in grants management administration. A metro-Atlanta native and life-long resident, Jim has been with Georgia Tech since 1997 and previously worked at Emory University. Jim holds Bachelors of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University and an MBA degree from Kennesaw State University.
Leadership under the AVP:
Carol Gibson is the Controller at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). She is responsible for the oversight of accounting, financial reporting and financial systems initiatives at the Institute. She is also responsible for ensuring the integrity of Georgia Tech’s financial data and presenting fair and accurate financial reports. In addition, Carol is in charge of developing and managing a system of accounting policies & procedures and a system of internal controls to ensure compliance with Institute, Board of Regents, State and Federal guidelines. Lastly, Carol’s position provides leadership, strategic planning and organizational direction for the Controller’s Office.
Carol joined the Georgia Tech team in 1993 and since that time has served the Institute in several noteworthy accounting and financial systems positions. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, Carol spent two years as an Internal Auditor for the University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents. In this position, she performed financial and compliance audits of USG institutions.
Carol received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of South Alabama and a Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) degree from Georgia State University. Carol is also licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Georgia. She served as a mentor for the Institute’s 2010-2011 Mentor Tech Program and currently serves as an executive sponsor for the Institute’s Diversity Advisory Council.
Amy Herron serves as the Director of Affiliate and Capital Accounting in the Controller’s Office. She is responsible for the accounting and financial reporting of Georgia Tech’s capital assets and two of Georgia Tech’s affiliated organizations – Georgia Advanced Technology Ventures (GATV) and Georgia Tech Facilities, Inc. (GTFI).
Amy earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Alabama and a Master of Accountancy from the University of Tennessee. Amy is a Certified Public Accountant with experience in public accounting and in higher education at Vanderbilt University and the University of Southern Mississippi prior to her current role at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Grants and Contract Accounting
Sandy Mason is the Director of Grants and Contracts Accounting at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). The Office of Grants and Contracts Accounting provides post award accounting and reporting services related to sponsored programs managed by all academic units of the Institute. Grants and Contracts Accounting provides services related to Project Accounting, Cost Accounting, Salary Planning and Distribution, Reporting and Compliance Systems, and BOR-Sponsored Programs.
Sandy has served in various roles at Georgia Tech since 1992, working in Grants and Contracts Accounting, the Georgia Tech Foundation, and the Controller’s Office. She was a member of the enterprise software implementation team for Financials and served as functional lead for the Grants Management system developed in-house for use at Georgia Tech. Most recently, Sandy served as Associate Director for Project Accounting within Grants and Contracts Accounting. Prior to her employment with Georgia Tech, Sandy worked as an auditor for the Defense Contract Audit Agency where she was involved in a variety of procurement and contracting audit assignments involving Defense contractors, including Georgia Tech.
Sandy holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting from Western Kentucky University and is a Certified Research Administrator (CRA).
Carol Payne is the Bursar at Georgia Institute of Technology and has served in that capacity since 1998. During her time at Georgia Tech she has focused primarily on increasing customer service and streamlining processes through the implementation of various low cost e-commerce solutions for students. Georgia Tech has received numerous awards for implementing “Best Practices” by the state and region for initiatives that she has lead. She has presented at national, regional and state conferences.
In 2010 she was asked to serve in a dual role as Bursar and Senior Staff Associate. In this role, she is responsible for providing special projects leadership and support and high level administrative support for the Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance. Carol has over 29 years of experience in Higher Education, beginning her career at Georgia State University. Carol received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from Georgia State University.
Jim Pierce has worked in higher education at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) for over seven years as Director of Treasury Services. Prior to Georgia Tech, Jim worked in both the corporate finance and pubic accounting fields, including over seven years at Wachovia Bank where he served as Director of the Capital Markets Audit Division, as well as the Risk Manager for the bank’s foreign exchange and derivatives portfolios.
Jim is an active CPA, and obtained his undergraduate degree in Management from Georgia Tech and his MBA from Wake Forest University.
Jim is an avid technical scuba diver and works with exploration teams mapping underwater caves and is a volunteer diver at the Georgia Aquarium. Jim has been married to his wife Sharon for twelve years, and has a ten year old son named Thomas.