Center for Governance and Public Policy

Willamette University

Speaker Bios

Wilson S. Campbell CGFM

Wilson Campbell joined the GASB staff in May 1998 as a project manager assigned full time to the Service Efforts and Accomplishments project working closely with James R. Fountain, Jr. Assistant Director of Research.

Prior to that, he served as Special Assistant to Texas State Auditor, Lawrence Alwin. In that role, he was actively involved in the development of the Strategic Planning and Performance Based Budgeting System in Texas, and he consulted frequently with representatives of federal, state, and local government as well as foreign governments and students about performance measurement and accountability. Before that, he served as the Director of the Texas State Auditor's Office Performance Audit Division.

Mr. Campbell is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants Public Sector Accounting Board Performance Reporting Task Force. He has served as a member of the planning steering committee for three Managing for Results Conferences hosted by the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds degrees from the University of Wyoming and Wichita State University.

James R. Fountain Jr., CPA, CMA, CGFM

Jay Fountain is a consultant in financial and performance management for government. He recently retired as assistant director of research for the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) in Norwalk, Connecticut. Jay's projects while at GASB included involvement in the Financial Reporting Model, Capital Assets Use and Service Potential Reporting, and Economic Condition Reporting. His primary responsibility is a major project on Reporting Performance Information which included the development and publication of and experimentation with a set of suggested criteria for effective communication of performance information. He participated in many projects at GASB including GASB No. 33 and Statement No. 34 and Concepts Statements 1 and 2.

Prior to joining GASB, Jay spent many years in local government, both in Dallas, TX, Fulton County, GA, and Atlanta. While in local government his positions included finance director, city auditor, and assistant city manager. He holds a BSBA degree in accounting and an MBA from the University of Florida and a MSUL (Public Administration) degree from Georgia State University. He has served on project committees for the NRC of the NAS and the FRP of CERES. Jay is active in making presentations and providing training in financial reporting, performance reporting, and managing for results.