Ms. Garton joined Georgia Tech as the Associate Vice Provost for Research and General Manager of Georgia Tech Research Corporation on February 1, 1998. As General Manager, Ms. Garton is responsible for the financial and business affairs of GTRC, including licensing of the intellectual property created at Georgia Tech. As the Vice President for Research, Ms. Garton directs activities of the Office of Sponsored Program and the Office of Research Compliance. Those responsibilities include identifying sponsored research opportunities, proposal processing, negotiation, award and post-award administration of contracts and subcontracts. The Office of Compliance supports the Institutional Review Board, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, the Institutional Biosafety and Biohazards Committee.
Ms. Garton has been active nationally in research policy matters. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Council on Governmental Relations and, from 2001 to 2003, as chair of COGRís Contracts and Intellectual Property Committee. Ms. Garton also has an interest in research integrity and has serves as Georgia Techís designated institutional official for matters relating to the use of human volunteers in research and the humane care and use of animals used in research. In addition she works with the institution on management of potential conflicts of interest in research. Ms. Garton is a 1976 graduate of Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in Biology. She earned a M.S. in Zoology from Louisiana State University. She was active in research first at Louisiana State University, then at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and is a certified teacher of Chemistry and Biology. Ms. Garton joined the staff of The Ohio State University Research Foundation in 1990 as Development Officer and became Associate Executive Director of the Research Foundation in 1992 with organization-wide responsibilities. In 1994 Ms. Garton became Vice President for Research Administration Services with responsibilities for project development, post-award administration and accounting, in addition to managing research projects. She has also served as chair of a human subjects Institutional Review Board and as a member of an Institutional Laboratory Animal Care and Use Committee and as the Conflicts of Interest Officer for research.