Carol Dillon Kissal

Vice President, Finance, and Chief Finance Officer

Carol Dillon Kissal serves as the vice president of finance/chief financial officer. In her role, she leads the financial operations of a $5 billion enterprise with a division of financial and business staff totaling 200 professionals. The portfolio includes responsibility for financial and accounting operations, treasury and debt portfolios, capital and corporate finance, acquisitions and financial reporting, grant and research-sponsored programs, as well as procurement and contracts management.

She staffs the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees and manages and develops the annual agenda supporting the charter. She works closely with the Board of Trustees and supports the Audit and Investment committees. She regularly onboards new members and has an active role with the secretary of the board. She annually addresses the full Board of Trustees, reporting fiscal year financial performance and highlights going forward.

Under Kissal’s leadership, an Enterprise Finance Network was developed integrating the Finance Division and chief business officers. The goal was to identify and collaborate on opportunities related to the allocation and management of resources, talent development, and consistent strategic alignment with the university’s mission. Kissal created a systems and data analytics discipline within the Finance Division in an effort to standardize data-driven decision making and accountability across the university. Additionally, growth in the allocation of investment for strategic plan initiatives has grown during the past three years due primarily to the development of financial structures that have optimized liquidity and debt-portfolio management. 

Prior to joining Emory in September 2014, Kissal served as deputy general manager of administration and chief financial officer of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for eight years. She was responsible for developing, managing, and implementing a financial operating and capital plan totaling $2.6 billion annually.

Kissal’s experience prior to WMATA includes leadership roles with the District of Columbia Department of Transportation, Amtrak, and IBM as well as a Senate-confirmed nomination to serve as the inspector general of the Small Business Administration by President George W. Bush.

She holds an MBA from Pace University. 


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Carol Kissal
Vice President for Finance and Chief Finance Officer

Karen Paul-Reed
Executive Assistant