CSU Names New Vice President for Business and Finance

Columbus State University President Frank Brown announced today that Tom Helton will be CSUs new vice president for business and finance.

TomHelton, right, currently the universitys associate vice president for business and finance, will begin his new role on Jan. 1, taking over from longtime vice president, Charles Pattillo, who is retiring.

After receiving the recommendation of the campus search committee, I talked with many administrators, faculty and staff about this decision and I have devoted a significant amount of time to analysis and evaluation of the candidates, Brown said Tuesday. The choice of Tom Helton is one I am proud to announce. He is a capable, experienced administrator who is dedicated to his profession and committed to Columbus State. His background as a chief financial officer in another institution, his understanding of the University System of Georgia and his work with us over the last six years all combine to prepare him for this important position.

Helton has been with CSU since 2000, serving as director of planned giving and assistant director of the CSU Foundation and Foundation Properties, Inc., before moving to the business and finance office. Prior to CSU, he was at Judson College in Alabama for nine years, serving in various positions, including senior vice president and chief financial officer.

Helton has a bachelors degree from Samford University, has done graduate work at LaGrange College and Troy University, has a masters of higher education administration from the University of Alabama and is working on an education specialist degree in educational leadership from Columbus State University.

The vice president for business and finance works closely with CSUs foundations and oversees all the universitys financial processes. Human Resources, Plant Operations, Payroll and Business Services all report to the business and finance office.