George Lolas
Leadership for the Government Executive

Student Success Story

George Lolas began his 26-year state service career in 1987, shortly after receiving his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from San Francisco State University. Throughout his rise to leadership he served in accounting, auditing and performance measurement positions before becoming the assistant chief for local operations for the California State Controller’s Office Division of Accounting and Reporting.

In 2011 Lolas was appointed chief of the division and in 2013 promoted to chief operating officer where he oversees the Division of Audits, the Division of Accounting and Reporting, the Unclaimed Property Division and the Controller’s staff working to implement the Fi$Cal (Financial Information System for California) project.

During his tenure as assistant chief Lolas’ division chief nominated him for Sacramento State’s Leadership for the Government Executive (LGE) program. “I am a firm believer in these types of programs as they provide leaders with the foundational information and experience they need to thrive,” says Lolas. “Participating in a cohort enables you to learn, network and develop habits and relationships that help you throughout your leadership career.”

It didn’t take long for Lolas to put his leadership training to work. Upon tackling the division chief position he realized his division’s mission and vision statements needed work. Drawing on the collaborative skills taught and practiced through LGE, Lolas jumped right in.

“I assembled a team of facilitators to work with division management and staff to ensure that everyone had the opportunity to provide input and develop true shared mission and vision statements for the organization,” recalls Lolas. “This approach took longer, but the end result was worth it.” Since implementing the new mission and vision statement, his team developed a set of core values and a division motto and is now moving forward with developing realistic division-wide goals and objectives.

Networking and collaborative work also rank high on Lolas’ list of LGE benefits. Forging lasting relationships with the other two members of his coaching triad, the trio still meets regularly to discuss the issues they encounter as high-level leaders.

“The opportunity to develop those long-lasting relationships with other leaders, the high-ranking state government executives that act as sponsors, speak to the cohorts and provide input and guidance, and the 360-degree evaluation instrument set the LGE program apart from other available training options.”