Carol Dillon Kissal

Senior Vice President
Administration and Finance

Carol Dillon Kissal was appointed Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance for George Mason University on March 1st, 2019. In this role she provides direction, oversight, and financial and operational management for Mason fiscal services; purchasing and accounts payable; budget and planning; campus police; safety, emergency & enterprise risk management; auxiliary enterprises; transportation and parking services; human resources and payroll; facilities management, planning, financing and construction; and space management.

Prior to George Mason, Mrs. Kissal served as the Vice-President of Finance/ Chief Financial Officer for Emory University. In her role, she led the financial operations of a $5.5 billion enterprise. The portfolio included responsibility for financial and accounting operations; treasury and debt portfolios; capital and corporate finance which include acquisitions, financial reporting; grant and research sponsored programs; procurement and contracts management.

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. Additionally, growth in the allocation of investment for strategic plan initiatives grew over the last three years due primarily to financial structures developed which have created optimization in liquidity and debt portfolio management.

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. She received a nomination by President George W. Bush to be the Inspector General of the Small Business Administration. She holds a Masters in Business Administration from Pace University. Mrs. Kissal currently serves as a Board Director for Dining for Women in Greenville, SC. She is also a board member for The Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta and a Strategic Advisor for the Junior Achievement Board in Atlanta, GA. She is married and has one daughter studying civil engineering at Clemson University.