Florida State University Controller’s Office hires new directors

Gilman Page and Luanne Brown.
Gilman Page and Luanne Brown.

The Controller’s Office at Florida State University welcomes two new directors to its team. 

Luanne Brown is the new payroll director while Gilman Page will be starting in December as the new Director of Student Business Services (SBS), also known as the bursar. 

The retirement of Beverly Miller and the upcoming retirement of John Bembry necessitated the hires.  

FSU Controller Judd Enfinger said FSU is saying goodbye to two outstanding directors who have contributed a combined 40+ years to Finance and Administration.  

“Any time you lose two directors with the tenure, expertise and dedication shown by Beverly and John over the past many years, you are going to feel that loss,” Enfinger said. “But while they are irreplaceable, in Luanne and Gilman, we have been extremely fortunate to hire two exceptional and extremely well-qualified individuals to succeed them.” 

Brown started as payroll director in early June. Previously, she was at Grand Valley State University, in Allendale, Michigan, where she served as their director of Payroll Services since 2006. She has over 30 years of experience in payroll and accounting management roles and is a Certified Payroll Professional (CPP).  

Brown will be responsible for providing oversight and direction to the managers responsible for the processing, accounting and reporting of employees’ salary, taxes and benefits payments, and all other aspects of the payroll services department. Every two weeks, the payroll team disburses around $20 million to well over 10,000 employees. 

“I am humbled to be part of the FSU Controller’s Office and to be able to lead the outstanding FSU Payroll Team that Beverly so successfully led for many years,” Brown said. “To continue in my career with an R1 University has been a longstanding dream of mine. I am excited to be part of the FSU community and look forward to sharing my payroll knowledge and experience.” 

Page spent most of his career with the FSU Controller’s Office prior to taking a position as a higher education consulting manager with Huron Consulting Group. He is a three-time alumnus of the university, earning a bachelor’s degree in English Language & Literature as well as master’s degrees in Higher Education Administration and Information Technology.  

In his return to FSU, Page will lead an SBS team responsible for all student financial billings, collections, refunds and tuition calculation. SBS assesses, disburses and collects about $400 million in tuition and fees annually and provides customer service on the myriad of emails and phone calls that come along with these activities.

Page has more than 15 years of experience in student finance, bursar activities, communications, systems design, human performance leadership, project analysis and management.  

“I’m excited to return to my roots in Student Business Services and proud to carry on the outstanding dedication to students and families established by John during his tenure,” Page said. “I also look forward to working alongside my colleagues across the disciplines at Florida State to decrease barriers to student success.”