We're happy to say that we've resumed our “Featured Member of the Month” addition to our newsletter! Designed to give you some insight into the diverse hearts and minds of our members, these interviews will showcase a different school business professional each month, giving them an opportunity to weigh in on topics ranging from their background, to their profession’s rewards and challenges, to anything else they want to share.
Today’s article spotlights George Landon, assistant superintendent of business services at Hesperia Unified School District. Below, George shares some of his thoughts and feelings on his work and our industry. Enjoy!
Why did you decide to get into a school business profession?
I was traveling a lot with the audit firm at the time when a director of fiscal services position opened near my home. I applied and was offered the job. I enjoyed the audit side of school finance. I have greatly enjoyed the vast leadership experiences, mentoring and coaching, and providing service to employees and students of my school district. I never imagined my career path leading in this direction.
How has being a part of a professional development association like CASBO helped you advance your career?
I have been an assistant superintendent of business for the last 19 years. CASBO has provided me network opportunities with other school districts and county personnel to meet the needs of my responsibilities every day.
How long have you been involved with CASBO?
I have been a member since 1997 when I first became a director of fiscal services. I have always supported my staff who have chosen to take on such activities.
What are your school business accomplishments?
I have been a Region 12 Administrator of the Year and Administrator of the Year at Lake Elsinore Unified and Hesperia Unified. Most of all I continue to have the privilege of being a partner with many superintendents, cabinet members and principals to assist students in achieving both academically and athletically and graduating from high school.
What advice would you give to a new school business professional?
As I have grown in my own career, I highly recommend to new business leaders that you know who you are, know your core values, build professional relationships, avoid the perceptions, listen, be vulnerable, and be willing to make decisions that are best for your organization and students.
George has a B.S. in Accounting, an M.S. in Administration, and an Ed.D in Education Leadership. He has previously served as director of fiscal services for Hesperia Unified School District; and as assistant superintendent of business services for Auburn Union School District, Chino Valley Unified School District and Lake Elsinore Unified School District. He gratefully says that he is now "in my third year of my tour with Hesperia Unified School District."