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 March 1st for the current award year. If you know a member of VASBO (even those on the current Board) who has made a significant impact in local and state school business finance, please complete the Cardinal Award Nomination Form by March 1, 2022.

As we have every year since 2009, VASBO members nominate some of their outstanding peers for recognition. The 13th Cardinal Award winner is Brook Thomas, Chief Financial Officer for Northampton County Public Schools. 

Brook Thomas has served as the Chief Financial Officer for Northampton County Public Schools for more than 11 years. As Chief Financial Officer, she oversees all areas of financial operations including purchasing, benefits, risk management, and more. She also serves as a member of the school enhancement committee and has taken primary budgetary coordination of use of Coronavirus Response, CARES Act, and American rescue plan funding. Locally, Brook has been involved with a variety of projects including the "Say Yes" campaign resulting in funding and approval to upgrade school facilities, initiating a Health Insurance Committee to give employees more input in selecting health care options, guiding the division through a compensation study to identify inequities in the school system and so much more! She has been an integral part of VASBO for many years as she has developed study materials and provided SFO training and guidance, attends nearly every VASBO conference, has served in numerous leadership roles, including president, and is consistently a listening ear and mentor for colleagues across the commonwealth.

Congratulations Brook on being the 2021 Cardinal Award Winner!


E. Brook Thomas

2021 Cardinal Award Recipient  

 Cardinal Award Winners

2009 Edith Williams - Richmond County
2010 James Meyer - Spotsylvania County
2011 David Cline - Prince William County
2012 William Flaherty - Spotsylvania County
2013 Dennis Jarrett - York County
2014 Penny Hodge - Roanoke County
2015 Lisa Frye - Frederick County
2016 Joanne Wright - King and Queen County
2017 Tina Cropp - Madison County
2018  Bill Bowen - York County
2019 Krista Kelly - Manassas Park City Schools
2020 Marcia Stevens - Caroline County
2021 E. Brook Thomas - Northampton County