The University System of Georgia named digital financial services leader Tommy Marshall executive director of the Georgia FinTech Academy effective October 21.
Marshall has spent his 20-plus year management consulting career focused on digital financial services and financial technology (fintech). He brings experience in payments, banking, capital markets, finance and regulation combined with first-hand knowledge of the Georgia and the global fintech ecosystem.
“The Georgia FinTech Academy has made great strides since it launched last year,” said Chancellor Steve Wrigley. “Bringing Tommy Marshall on board is the next important step in its growth. I am confident he will lead the Georgia FinTech Academy to serve students and this growing sector of Georgia’s economy.”
A graduate of Davidson College, Marshall also earned an MBA from Vanderbilt University. He has recently served as the fintech executive-in-residence at the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), the state’s start-up incubator housed at Georgia Tech. He is a founding board member for FinTech Atlanta, co-chair of Fintech South and was recently the North America FinTech lead for Accenture through 2018.
“Fintech is a meaningful part of the Georgia economy and the Georgia FinTech Academy will enhance this strategic opportunity for our state. I’m honored to join this initiative to make an impact in the fintech community,” Marshall said. “A solid foundation has been built over the past year with our founding partner, FIS, which provided key resources to get this much-needed program off the ground and from other partners including InComm.”
Over 160 fintech-related public and private companies are based in Georgia representing $100 billion in annual revenue.
Launched in fall 2018, the Georgia FinTech Academy has a physical presence at the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. The fintech core curriculum is delivered by 15 of the USG’s 26 institutions, while 19 institutions participate in the academy at levels ranging from professional education to undergraduate degrees and experiential learning.
The Georgia FinTech Academy - a collaboration between Georgia’s fintech industry and the University System of Georgia - is a talent development initiative that gives learners the specialized educational experiences needed to enter the fintech sector regardless of where they live in the state or the college in which they enroll. The Georgia FinTech Academy also has plans to offer professional education, innovation driven research, and other innovation enablement initiatives in the near-future.