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Avery Embry, MBA

Candidate for Vice President

Avery Embry, MBA
Director of Finance/Chief Financial Officer
Talladega County School System
Talladega, Alabama

Avery Embry has worked with the Talladega County School System in Alabama for 19 years in various roles in the finance department and was named the director of finance/chief financial officer in 1999. A Talladega native, he holds both an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama. He is an inaugural graduate of the Alabama Association of School Business Officials Professional Certification Program and is a Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations.

Embry served on the International Commission for ASBO International and in 2012, was selected to serve on ASBO’s International Legislative Affairs Committee. In 2014, he was elected to serve on the ASBO International Board of Directors. He has also served in numerous leadership positions with the Alabama ASBO, including president in 2007–2008. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Robert L. Morton Award presented by the Alabama ASBO, which recognizes outstanding chief school financial officers in Alabama.

Embry has served and continues to serve on numerous boards and committees in his community, including the Talladega Area Chamber of Commerce, Cheaha Regional Head Start Policy Council, Child Care Corporation for Talladega, Clay, and Randolph County, local Boy Scouts of America Committee, Arc of North Talladega County, and the Kiwanis Club of Talladega.

In 2012, he received the Billy J. McCain, Sr. Memorial Award, and in 2006 the Humanitarian of the Year Award, both presented by the Alabama Head Start Association. He serves as treasurer of his fraternity’s 501(c)(3) foundation (Talladega Kappa Alpha Psi Scholarship Foundation) that awards college scholarships to graduating seniors from local school systems.

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