International Eagle Award Recipient
John Hutchison, CPA, MBA, SFO
Deputy Superintendent for Business and Operations
Olathe County Public Schools
Throughout his 25-year career in school business, John Hutchison has kept student learning at the forefront, using innovative approaches to ensure resources are funneled into the classroom. He is held in high regard by his colleagues and the community, in large part because of his ability to bring dissimilar groups together under challenging circumstances and find equitable solutions. A respected education leader throughout Kansas, Hutchison has worked hard to ensure the needs of schools and their students are met.
Patricia Bedborough, CPA, MBA, SFO
Chief Financial Officer
Parkway School District
Patricia Bedborough brings to the district not only strong school business acumen, but also a deep commitment to Parkway’s mission to ensure all students are capable, confident learners who can succeed in an ever-changing world. In addition to developing a zero-based budgeting process to ensure efficient use of resources, she has led sustainability efforts, established new community partnerships and near-site health clinics for staff, and much more. With more than 15 years in school business, she is a recognized leader among her peers regionally and statewide.
Robert F. Moore Jr., MBA
Deputy Superintendent of Finance and Operations
Robert Moore’s commitment to education led him to establish the framework for the School Finance Research Collaborative, an initiative to improve the education funding system in Michigan. The ultimate goal is to support sweeping school finance reforms that address weaknesses in Michigan’s outdated school funding system. A respected leader with more than 30 years as a chief financial officer, Moore was appointed director for the project in July 2016 and has worked tirelessly to inform policymakers and stakeholders about the cost for all students to achieve state standards.
Kelly Penny, RTSBA, MBA
Chief Financial Officer
Coppell Independent School District
During her 11 years as CFO for Coppell ISD, Kelly Penny has seen firsthand the importance of maintaining a high level of commitment to financial integrity, transparency, and fiscal responsibility in public education. Thanks to her solid leadership, the district’s school finance team is regularly recognized for professionalism and accuracy. Because of her ability to present district finances to the public clearly and openly, she is a trusted leader in the community. In fact, her leadership and connection to the community helped the district pass a $249 million bond recently.