Celebrating the successes and recognizing the extraordinary work of MSBO members is an honored tradition at MSBO’s Annual Conference.
Following are this year’s award recipients.
Distinguished Service Award – Paul Bodiya, Chief Financial Officer for Macomb Intermediate School District and Glenda Rader, Controller for Grand Ledge Public Schools
MSBO’s Distinguished Service Award was established in 1987 to pay special tribute to exemplary current or former members of MSBO. It is given to a member who provides inspirational service to MSBO and the school business management community. We have a very special duo of recipients this year. Both of this year’s Distinguished Award recipients have done many things to help many school districts. They’ve put in extra hours, found ways to help their districts and have provided one-on-one help to many, many MSBO members over the years.
Paul Bodiya is known for taking an active role in discussions about academic achievement and education equity. He is a student of educational policy and throughout his career has made an impact in the development of many programs and services for students. Paul was instrumental in the development and success of a countywide International Baccalaureate and Early College Program in Macomb County. He clearly understands and values the connection between responsible financial health and the core mission of school districts. His integrity on financial issues is impeccable and he shares his time, and his expertise with local school districts with the goal of providing an equitable educational opportunity for all students.
Glenda Rader is a past recipient of MSBO’s Friend of Education Award. It is rare, if not unique, that MSBO would give this award to a “regulator” who oversees them. At that time, Glenda worked for the Michigan Department of Education. She is known for doing her job in a straightforward, honest and caring way. She has participated in countless MSBO activities over the years, speaking at statewide activities, talking to regional groups, and helped facilitate getting MSBO members the information they need to do their jobs.
School Business Official of the Year – Robert F. Moore, Oakland Schools
Bob is a well-respected, visionary leader. His commitment, integrity, and focus has always been for the betterment of public education and all Michigan’s students that we serve. Last year, Bob received MSBO’s Distinguished Service Award.
He is a leader on the local level with Oakland Schools and statewide. Bob serves as Director of the School Finance Research Project. Earlier this year, the results of Michigan’s first truly comprehensive school adequacy study to determine the true cost of student achievement in Michigan was released. This report included the input of nearly 300 educators throughout Michigan, giving policymakers clear direction on how much it costs to educate every child and how best to reform Michigan’s broken school funding system, regardless of zip code or circumstance. He has provided consultation to many school districts, educational allies and legislative peers in an effort to identify challenges, propose solutions and work collaboratively for the betterment of public education and policy.
As MSBO’s School Business Official of the Year, Bob will receive a professional development scholarship to attend ASBO International’s Annual Conference as well as a beautiful crystal award. His name will also be submitted to ASBO for their prestigious Eagle Award.
Friend of Education – State Superintendent Brian Whiston
We all know a leader doesn’t always have a cheerleading squad. To be a visionary leader, you have to be able to work collaboratively but still be able to get your message across and sway opinions. If you really want meaningful and effective change, you need to challenge others to follow your vision. One of the most difficult education jobs in Michigan is the State Superintendent. Brian Whiston has persevered as he has had to deal with the Governor’s Office, the Legislature, the US Department of Education and yes, even from our own school districts. Brian has served education in many ways. He served as the director of Government & Community Services for Oakland Schools, worked as a Wayne State University instructor, was a Waterford School District school board member, and was the Superintendent of Dearborn Public Schools. Prior to becoming the State Superintendent, Brian has been recognized many times. He earned MASA Superintendent of the Year, was awarded the Gold Child Advocate award and was named Michigan PTA Board Member of the Year. Brian Whiston became the state superintendent of public instruction for Michigan in 2015 and since then, has worked tirelessly to make Michigan a Top 10 education state in 10 years.
This award is our way of saying thank you to Brian for his many years of leadership and service.
President’s Award – Wayne RESA Board Member Mary Blackmon
The MSBO Awards are indeed honors. Most are bestowed by nomination and committee choice, or chosen by the board. The President’s Award is chosen by the president.
This year, President Steve Ezikian chose Wayne RESA Board Member Mary Blackmon. She has served on Wayne RESA’s school board for 30 years. She is not a politician. She is a statesman. Read Ezikian’s column in this month’s issue of eNews for all the details on this award.
Mark & Kay Stebbins Scholarship and Wallace B. Piper Scholarship
MSBO offers two $1,500 scholarships, which encourage and recognize individuals currently employed in school business who are improving their technical skills and competencies by pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree. This year’s Mark & Kay Stebbins Scholarship recipients are Tracy Clawson, Allegan Public Schools and Stacy Rick, Huron ISD. The Wallace B. Piper Scholarship recipients are Heather Carignan, Clarkston Community Schools and Jennifer Nelson, Greenville Public Schools.