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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 by March 1, 2018.


The 2017 Cardinal Award winner is Tina Cropp, Director of Finance for Madison County Public Schools for over 18 years. She is also starting her third year as a Director for VASBO and was in the first cohort to complete the UVA/VASBO certification program. Tina has been instrumental in coordinating a regional group of finance directors called the "Wizards" since 2008. In one of her Cardinal Award nominations, she was cited for her strong mentorship for a new finance director of a nearby school division and her assistance to staff in the absence of that finance director during a critical seven week period. As a finance director in a small school division, she wears many hats including payroll and benefits coordinator, deputy clerk, and member of the school/county CIP committee. According to her superintendent, Dr. Matthew Eberhardt, she is a "difference maker"--she is valued for her focus on people, especially the students and staff, but also with peers, elected officials and all stakeholders; and her high professional standards.


Ms Tina Cropp (right) receiving her Cardinal Award from Debbie White, Chair of Cardinal Award Oversight Committee.









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