Effective, Aug. 3, James “Jim” Fortner is serving as interim executive vice president for Administration and Finance and reports directly to President G.P. “Bud” Peterson. In this role, he has oversight of the administrative, business, financial, facility, and budget activities for the Institute. Reporting to Jim are the offices of Institute Planning and Resource Management, Administration, and Strategic Consulting.
Jim has 27 years of experience in university financial and accounting administration, including 17 years of experience in grants management administration. In his previous role as interim vice president of Finance at Georgia Tech, Jim provided management oversight and direction of the Offices of Bursar and Treasury Services, Controller, Grants and Contracts Accounting, and Enterprise Resource Planning. Major responsibilities included external financial reporting, billing and collections, cost analysis, banking and investments, and related business processes.
A metro-Atlanta native and life-long resident, Jim has been with Georgia Tech since 1997 and previously worked at Emory University. Jim holds a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University and an MBA degree from Kennesaw State University. He is also a Certified Financial Research Administrator (CFRA).