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Finance & Accounting

The missions of the Controller’s Office include the conduct of various business functions of the university in a manner that supports its overall teaching, research and public service missions. The units seek to maximize the quality of the customer experience while maintaining appropriate cost effectiveness. We help the university coexist and prosper in joint relationships with its customers, vendors, employees, donors and other stakeholders. Some specific missions include:

  • Maintenance of a student accounts system with the corollary functions of billing and collecting on student accounts and solving problems for students and parents.
  • Maintenance of a robust general accounting system along with all the policies and procedures needed to maintain and utilize the same for production of account statements, and University, School and Department financial statements. 
  • Maintain systems that originate an orderly flow of well-documented transactions into the university accounting systems.
  • Maintain a system of internal controls that protect university assets and afford for the production of quality financial statements and other information.
  • Provide a system of central procurement and travel management such that resources are deployed in a cost effective and consumer centric manner.
  • Support the research mission through project/award accounting, expense & reimbursement processing and regulatory compliance activities.
  • Timely completion of high quality financial, regulatory, trustee, tax and other reporting requirements.


Frank D. Harrell

Vice President, Finance and Controller

Mr. Harrell joined Tulane in November 2000 as University Controller. Currently, Mr. Harrell is responsible for university finance issues and functions including short and long-term debt management and new bond issues, daily treasury functions, banking relationships, central procurement, travel management, sponsored projects accounting, student accounts & billing, student loan office, accounts payable, federal and state tax compliance, university cost rates, general and endowment accounting, external financial statements and audits, financial analysis/forecasts and presentations for senior management, finance and audit committees, and business offices at the Primate Center and the Health Sciences Center.

Mr. Harrell began work with Deloitte Haskins and Sells in 1979, worked as a Certified Public Accountant for 13 years with a final promotion to Senior Manager. Mr. Harrell was a firm specialist in Higher Education, Healthcare and Public Utilities. Mr. Harrell worked on Tulane’s audit for a number of years and later worked as a hospital controller and finance director in New Orleans with the Mercy Hospital and the Audubon Institute before joining Tulane.

Mr. Harrell graduated summa cum laude from Louisiana Tech University in 1978 with a Bachelor's in Accounting and again in 1979 with a Master's of Business Administration.