District announces new chief finance officer

District selects new finance officer
Posted on 03/21/2017
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

 

Veteran executive selected as district’s

Chief Finance and Operations Officer

 

BEAUFORT – A veteran finance manager was named today as the Beaufort County School District’s new Chief Finance and Operations Officer. 

 

Tonya Crosby has been with the school district for 16 years and currently serves as its Financial Services Officer.  Her responsibilities in that role have included preparing the district’s $215 million annual budget, developing annual financial statements, supervising the district’s general accounting functions and training district and school-level staff in budget preparation.

 

As Chief Finance and Operations Officer, Crosby will direct the budgeting, accounting and reporting of all school district funds; take a lead role in long-term financial planning; direct the development of the district’s capital facilities plan; and be responsible for divisions such as technology and food services.

 

Superintendent Jeff Moss said that the school district has a “well-deserved and time-tested reputation for efficient business operations and prudent budgeting.”

 

Over the past 17 years, he noted that the district has never had a negative financial finding in any of its annual independent audits and has won numerous awards for excellence in financial reporting.  The district’s bond ratings are Aa1 with Moody’s Investors Service and AA with Standard and Poor’s.   

 

“Continuing the district’s long tradition of financial and business excellence made this a very important hire,” Moss said, “and I’m confident that Ms. Crosby will be effective in her expanded responsibilities.”

 

Crosby, a graduate of Clemson University, is both a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Government Finance Officer.  She began working for the district in 2001 as an accountant before being promoted to Accounting Manager in 2002 and to Financial Services Officer in 2005.

 

Crosby replaces Phyllis White, who retired in December.