Andrew J. Grandage

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Administration

I am a first year PhD student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy, specializing in Public Budgeting and Finance. My primary research interests concern matters of State and Local finance: tax policy, debt management and economic development.

I currently serve as the Academic Adviser for our MPA program. While earning my MPA at UGA, I served as a Research Assistant at The Carl Vinson Institute of Government in the State Services and Decision Support unit, focusing on economic development and education initiatives. Prior to returning to graduate school, I worked as a Financial Analyst for Harris Corporation for several years. During my tenure at Harris, I worked in a variety of financial planning roles – Financial Modeling, Bid and Proposal, Performance Management, Orders-Sales-Profit Forecasting, Acquisition Integration and as a Business Area Analyst. I had the privilege of performing these duties in governmental and commercial settings, for both domestic and international operations. 

  • University of Georgia, 2016, Pi Alpha Alpha 

    Master of Public Administration

    Specialization: Public Budgeting and Finance 

  • University of Central Florida, 2008, Cum Laude

    B.S., Business Administration, Economics

    B.S., Business Administration, Finance

Of Note


  • 2013 – URock Award – Presented by Senior Business Operations Manager in recognition of creating various financial models to increase the speed, accuracy and meaningfulness of OSP (Orders-Sales-Profit) data at the organizational level with a high-degree of automation to be consistent with Harris’ reporting policies, post Harris’ acquisition of Carefx
  • 2011- Controller’s Innovation Award – Inaugural winner of Controller’s Innovation Award. Awarded for lead role in developing queries to optimize Telecommunications billing system for The FAA’s National Airspace System.  Granted on the basis of originality, complexity and impact amongst 400 Financial Analysts.
  • 2010- Excellence Award- Presented by Senior Business Operations Manager in recognition of greatly exceeding expectations of Level I Financial Analyst in Bid and Proposal Environment. Delivered lifecycle costing Model to FAA for Alaskan Satellite Telecommunication Infrastructure (ASTI) program.


  • September 2013, Level III Financial Analyst
  • August 2010, Level II Financial Analyst
Research Interests
  • Public Budgeting and Finance
    • State and Local
      • Debt
      • Taxation
      • Economic Development
  • Organizational Theory