School Business Affairs July-August 2020

26 JULY/AUGUST 2020 | SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS Meet the 2020 ASBO International Board of Directors Candidates ASBO ELECTION SPECIAL T he candidates for positions on the ASBO Inter- national Board of Directors are presented here via their biographies, vision statements, and unedited answers to three questions posed by the board. The following members have met the requirements/ qualifications and will be on the slate of candidates for the ASBO International 2020 Board election. The suc- cessful candidates will take office on January 1, 2021. Candidate for Vice President (1 position to fill) Bill Sutter, SFO Chief Financial Officer Boulder Valley School District Boulder, Colorado Bill Sutter has been the CFO of the Boulder Valley School District for the past five years, with 18 years prior experience in the district’s accounting and budget departments. A member of ASBO International since 2005, Sutter currently serves as a third-year director, as well as a board representative on the Meritorious Budget Award Advisory Committee and Policy Committee. He served as the president of the Colorado Association of School Business Officials for two years, 2014–2015 and 2015–2016, and has served in leadership roles for vari- ous Colorado school finance organizations, including the State Financial Policies and Procedures Committee. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Colorado School Finance Project. Sutter received an MBA from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado, Boulder and an undergraduate dual degree in business administration and history from the University of New Hampshire in Durham. VISION STATEMENT The Association of School Business Officials Interna- tional is the premier organization for advancing the profession of school business leaders. The association serves and assists a global network of members and part- ners to promote excellence and accountability through high-quality professional development, collaboration, and the dissemination of best practices throughout that vast network. With advocacy, recognition, and certification pro- grams, the association affirms the highest standards of professionalism, service, and knowledge of the school business leader. The association seeks input and feedback to address concerns, implement new ideas, and provide the highest value to its members and partners. RESPONSES TO BOARD QUESTIONS Question 1: Why is ASBO International’s mission important to you? How do you support that mission in our daily work? The mission of ASBO International is even more inspirational and on target today than just a few short months ago. Every component of our organization’s mission–leading the profession forward, professional growth opportunities, a global network of support, pro- viding the necessary resources–ultimately ensuring every student has the opportunity to receive a quality educa- tion, all have played a critical role in supporting and guiding SBOs through the COVID-19 pandemic. As I think about the roles that school business officials play in their organization–fiscal management, facilities management, food services, transportation, technology, executive leadership and procurement to name a few, are all the roles that were needed in a moment’s notice. It was the SBO who was working every supply chain avenue to get PPE for staff who were working the front lines of the pandemic. It was the SBO overseeing the technology solutions and devices for students to access distance learning. It was the SBO creating emergency feeding programs to ensure nutritious meals for students in need. It was the SBO developing facilities cleaning plans and managing access during a crisis. While these critical operational activities were occur- ring, ASBO International staff were quickly developing and rolling out online programs and maintaining the connection to the critical work in the moment. As a global organization reacting to a global pandemic, SBOs have been sharing ideas and issues through the Global School Business Network. As an SBO in my own district,