Pattonville CFO earns international award
Pattonville CFO earns international award
Friday, August 18, 2017
Ron Orr, chief financial officer for the Pattonville School District, was chosen by the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) to receive one of its 2017 Eagle Awards, which recognize school business professionals for their exemplary leadership and dedication to students. The Eagle Awards are the highest honor in school business and celebrate visionary K-12 leaders who have improved student achievement and enriched their communities.

Orr was one of three to earn ASBO International's Distinguished Eagle Award, which comes with a $2,500 college scholarship to present to a high school student.

ASBO's award announcement stated: "Orr has led his school district in implementing a number of improvements and innovations to ensure the district's financial stability, save millions of dollars and uphold the district's emphasis on being good stewards of community resources. Orr helped reorganize food services to increase net income and provide healthier food offerings for his students while reducing the budget by $10 million without dramatically affecting services. He ensures all decisions support the district's goal that every student graduates college and career ready."

Earlier this year, Orr was named the 2017 School Business Official of the Year by the Missouri Association of School Business Officials (MoASBO). The award honors MoASBO members whose work demonstrates personal excellence in service to their school district, community and profession.

In his role as CFO, Orr oversees the finance, purchasing, technology, facilities and printing departments. He was named chief financial officer at Pattonville in 2003 after serving as the district's director of accounting for one year. Orr was previously employed as manager of school accounting at Washington University in St. Louis and as a special projects coordinator at Corporate Express Promotional Marketing. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration with a major in accounting from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and passed all four parts of the CPA exam.

Orr also served MoASBO as a member of the board of directors, president and chair of the legislative committee. He has been a member of the international Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International School Finance Committee (2012-2016), is the current treasurer for the Missouri United School Insurance Council (MUSIC) and was a founding trustee and is the current chair of the Investment Committee for the Cooperating School Districts (CSD) Retirement Trust.