One of the most important things we do each year at Annual Conference is transition our leadership team from the past year to the new one. It’s a bittersweet time as we honor and say goodbye to our outgoing leaders, but it’s also a celebration of CASBO’s continuity as we welcome the new board members who will steer us into the future and build on the work of those who came before them in service of our network of school business professionals, their organizations, and the students and communities they serve.

Every year at our Second General Session, we conduct a formal “passing of the gavel” ceremony, and this year we finally were able to actually pass it! After accomplishing this leadership transition virtually in 2020 and 2021, it was refreshing to personally witness Immediate Past President Richard De Nava turn his leadership seat over to our 2022-23 President Diane Deshler.

This transition marks a duty we take seriously — the smooth and collaborative transfer of leadership that marks each new year here at CASBO. Because most of you were unable to witness this in person the last two years (due to COVID uncertainty affecting our event operations), we instead published the remarks that normally would have been presented in the general sessions.

Well, this delivery method has been so well received that we’ve decided to make this a permanent part of our post-conference communications. So, whether you were unable to attend or just want to refresh your memory of that day, you can read them here!


Previously, we posted our article in honor of Rich’s service as our 2021-22 president; now we’d like to present you with Diane’s remarks as Rich handed over the gavel in Sacramento on March 30, 2022, and she formally accepted her new role.

We’re certain Diane’s greeting will give you a solid idea of what she hopes to accomplish for you this year during her term of service, as well as a strong feeling of hope and optimism for the future.

Please join us as we welcome our 2022-23 President Diane Deshler!