Virginia Cardinal Award
The Virginia Cardinal Award is VASBO's premier recognition given to one of its members each year for exemplifying professionalism, leadership, and innovation in the field of school business management. The award winner is announced at the Spring VASBO conference. The winner also attends the Southeast Association of School Business Officials (SASBO) the following year and is recognized as the Outstanding School Business Official for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Nominations are accepted year round but close on February 28th for the current award year. If you know a member of VASBO who has made a significant impact in local and state school business finance, please complete the Cardinal Award Nomination Form and email it to Debbie White at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 28, 2017.
The current Cardinal Award winner is Joanne C. Wright, Director of Budget and Finance for King and Queen County Public Schools. She is a Past President of VASBO and currently serves in a new VASBO role of Welcoming Committee. She has spent her entire 28 year career in either King and Queen County or Gloucester County Public Schools. She was instrumental in aiding Gloucester County Public Schools through both the recent economic downturn and a 2011 tornado that destroyed a middle school as well as resolving inequities and loss of competitiveness in the teacher salary scale. In August 2015 she returned to King and Queen County Public Schools (where she had started) to aid them under a new superintendent. As her superintendent, Dr. Carter, says she "always does the right thing, whether it is in her thoughts, words or actions…she has taken on the challenge of leading individuals to achieve goals and inspire them along the way…Mrs. Wright's innovation in the field of budget and finance is evident in every project, report and document she prepares. The result is always the same: positive and professional." Her peers, likewise, value her willingness to mentor others as well as how much she has contributed to VASBO and its membership over the years.
JoAnne Wright receiving her Cardinal Award from Debbie White, Cardinal Award Oversight Chair