Office of the Controller - About Us

General

The Office of the Controller is responsible for managing and supporting the overall financial activities of the University. This includes providing timely and accurate fiscal information to the Columbia Community and to external parties, managing internal controls to mitigate risk, ensuring that all accounting records are accurate and up-to-date, safeguarding the assets of the University, and developing and maintaining systems and reporting tools to provide high-quality financial information that supports the University’s strategic management initiatives.

Functional Areas

The Controller’s Office encompasses several different units, each focused on specific tasks.

Financial Reporting & Operations 

Sponsored Projects Finance

Research Policy & Direct Cost

Payroll

Endowment Administration & Compliance

UAH Accounting

Unclaimed Property

Pension & Financial Reporting  (no site)

Student Financial Services

Tax

 

 

Mission

The mission of this office is to maintain a sound and effective internal control environment to ensure compliance with best practice accounting principles and federal and state regulations.  Provide quality customer service to the Columbia community.  The Controller reports to the Executive Vice President for Finance.

 

Other Activities

The Controller’s Office is dedicated to supporting the teaching, research and service missions of the Columbia community by providing efficient services, and easy access to information and resources, and by promoting the financial health and security of each unit and of the University as a whole. We also provide our users with best practice financial support, guidance and consultation.

 

 

Who We Are

Barbara Hough
Controller

Office of the Controller
615 West 131st Street
Studebaker Building, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10027
bh2506@columbia.edu

 

Michael Kerstan
Associate Controller

Office of the Controller/ Fin. Rpt. and Ops.
615 West 131st Street
Studebaker Building 3rd Floor
mk1225@columbia.edu

 

Renotta Young
Deputy Controller
Office of the Controller
615 West 131st Street
Studebaker 4th Floor
ry2156@columbia.edu

 

Mark Hawkins
Deputy Controller
Office of the Controller
615 West 131st Street
Studebaker 3rd Floor
mh3410@columbia.edu

 

Patrice Elliott
Executive Director

Office of the Controller/ Fin. Rpt. and Ops.
615 West 131st Street
Studebaker 3rd Floor
pe2132@columbia.edu
 

Frank Iovino
Executive Director, Payroll

Office of the Controller/Payroll
615 West 131st Street
Studebaker 4th Floor
(212) 851-2820

 

Jackie Erickson
Director, Endowment Compliance

Office of the Controller/ Fin. Rpt. and Ops.
615 West 131st Street
Studebaker 3rd Floor
je2015@columbia.edu

 

Friedrich Pfetsch
Director, Pension & Financial Reporting
Office of the Controller/ Fin. Rpt. and Ops.
615 West 131st Street
Studebaker 3rd Floor
fp2247@columbia.edu