SAVANNAH — David L. Carson has been appointed vice president for business and finance at Armstrong Atlantic State University effective July 28, following approval by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
“Mr. Carson is an excellent choice for this position,” said AASU President Thomas Z. Jones. “David’s 20 years of experience in financial operations in higher education will serve him well as he leads AASU’s Business and Finance Office to fulfill its mission of serving students, faculty and staff.”
As vice president for business and finance, Carson will report directly to President Jones and will have direct supervisory responsibility for the areas of budget, finance, business services, facilities, human resources and auxiliary services, including food service and the bookstore. Carson comes to AASU with a wide range of business and finance experience, much of it in higher education.
Since 2005 he has served as vice president for business and finance and chief financial officer at Washington & Jefferson College in Pennsylvania. There, he developed strategic business and financial plans and was responsible for the implementation of internal controls, while establishing a five-year forecasting model and slashing a 5 percent budget deficit.
From 2000 to 2005, he served as associate vice president for finance and assistant treasurer at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. There, he managed the operations of accounting, financial reporting, bursar’s office, investments, cash management, purchasing, accounts payable, auxiliaries, debt management and budgeting. During his tenure at Rollins, Carson restructured the financial and business operations of the college, implemented new electronic financial applications, and restructured college debt.
“I’m pleased to join Armstrong Atlantic State University and to take on such an exciting and challenging position,” Carson said. “I look forward to working together with the university’s leadership team to enhance the business and financial services to better serve the university and all its constituents.”
From 1987 to 2000, Carson served in various capacities at Indiana University in Bloomington, where he rose from internal auditor to chief accountant. While at Indiana, he managed the accounting, cash management, tax practices, and internal control structure of the eight-campus university.
Carson holds a Master of Professional Accountancy from Indiana University and a bachelor’s in accounting and economics from the University of Indianapolis. He is a certified public accountant and serves on the National Association of Colleges and University Business Officers Tax Council. He is a member of the American Association of Certified Public Accountants and the Certified Fraud Examiners Association.
Armstrong Atlantic State University, part of the University System of Georgia, was founded in 1935. The university offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate academic programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education, the College of Health Professions, and the School of Computing. Armstrong Atlantic serves more than 6,800 students. While 43 percent are from the Savannah-Chatham County area, the diverse student population comes from nearly all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and more than 70 countries.