HISD Chief Financial Officer Wins National Award For Service To Public Education
HISD Chief Financial Officer Melinda Garrett is this year’s recipient of the Bill Wise Award, presented by the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS) to a school business official who distinguishes himself or herself through service to urban education.
The award was presented during the annual CGCS Chief Financial Officers Conference on Tuesday, Sept. 21.
Garrett is in her 26th year in HISD’s Finance Office, currently serving as the district’s chief financial officer. She is responsible for all financial operations of the district and provides oversight for all financial services.
“I have worked with many very talented school finance officers in my time, but Melinda tops them all,” said HISD Superintendent Terry B. Grier. “I am very pleased she is getting the national recognition she deserves, from her peers.”
Garrett holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Texas Women’s University and began her career as an elementary teacher. After earning a Master of Science degree in accounting from the University of Houston–Clear Lake, she joined the audit division of KPMG Peat Marwick and became a certified public accountant working on audits of governmental and private sector firms.
She is a member of the Texas Association of School Business Officials, where she has served on the Accounting Advisory Committee and as president of the Gulf Coast Chapter. Garrett was honored by the HISD Board of Education in 2009 by being named interim superintendent prior to the appointment of the current superintendent.
“The taxpayers of the Houston Independent School District can be very thankful that Melinda is keeping an eye on their money,” HISD Board President Greg Meyers said. “At a time when other schools districts have borrowed money to make ends meet, Melinda and her team have balanced budget after budget, with no tax increase.”
The Bill Wise Award was established in 2000 and is named after its first recipient. Bill Wise was a financial leader in urban education for 31 years in the Nashville-Davidson County Public School system.