GCPS Director of Finance Earns North American School Finance and Operations Credential

Mrs. Debbie White, SFO, Goochland County Public Schools Director of Finance, was recently awarded the Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations (SFO) certification by the Association for School Business Officials International (ASBO International).

The SFO Certification, a new certification by ASBO International, is granted to highly qualified individuals who fulfill multiple requirements, including demonstrating eligibility (through work experience and education), passing a comprehensive two-part exam that tests competency in accounting and school business management topics, and adhering to the ASBO International Certification Code of Conduct.

Mrs. White has served as the GCPS Director of Finance since 2012, during which time she has been awarded the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award four consecutive years.  

“School business officials are the chief fiscal officers for school districts and hold an influential position in the community,” says John Musso, CAE, RSBA, executive director of ASBO International. “By earning the SFO certification, professionals validate their specialized knowledge and demonstrate a commitment to high standards and ethical practice in school business management.”

School business officials who have earned the SFO Certification commit to ongoing professional development, renew the certification annually, and undergo recertification every three years.

“Mrs. White’s leadership, skill and visibility as a Director of Finance is exceptional”, says Dr. Jeremy Raley, Superintendent.  “Her work ethic and attention to detail in helping us to responsibly manage our funds are key ingredients in our overall success as a division”.  

The Association of School Business Officials International (www.asbointl.org) is a global professional association of more than 5,000 school business management professionals who are responsible for financial decisions in K–12 school districts, community colleges, universities, and state departments of education. Founded in 1910, it sets the standard for accountability, transparency, and integrity in school business management practices and provides professional growth opportunities and certification to advance the profession. For more information, please visit www.asbointl.org

Author: Andy Armstrong

Executive Director of Business Operations, Goochland County Public Schools

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