Carol Kissal

Vice President, Finance and Chief Finance Officer

Carol Dillon Kissal serves as the Vice-President of Finance/ Chief Finance Officer. In her role she leads a staff of professionals responsible for financial and accounting operations; treasury and debt portfolios; capital and corporate finance; financial reporting; grant and research sponsored programs; procurement and contracts management.  Additionally, she is responsible for the Chief Business Officers supporting all schools and business units in managing their fiscal responsibility.

The mission of the Finance Division is to further a sustainable financial framework which fosters innovation by finding new ways to provide the University with superior financial services and which pursues appropriate resource deployment to best support the academic and research success of Emory University.

Under Mrs. Kissal’s leadership, an Enterprise Finance Network was developed integrating the Finance Division and Chief Business Officers in identifying and collaborating on opportunities for talent development, resource management, and consistent strategic alignment with the University’s mission. A proponent for innovation and insights, Mrs. 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. 

Prior to joining Emory in September 2014, Mrs. 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.

Mrs. Kissal’s experience prior to WMATA includes leadership roles with the DC 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 a Masters in Business Administration from Pace University. Mrs. Kissal currently serves as the Board Director for Dining for Women in Greenville, SC and a Strategic Advisor for the Junior Achievement Board in Atlanta, GA.  

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Carol Kissal
Vice President for Finance and Chief Finance Officer

Karen Paul-Reed
Executive Assistant