ASBO Awards Lifetime Achievement Award to FCPS Executive Director of Finance Lisa Frye

For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
August 11, 2016 
540-662-3888 ext. 88235

The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) has named Frederick County Public Schools Executive Director of Finance Lisa Frye the recipient of its 2016 International Eagle Award. The International Eagle Award is the highest honor ASBO bestows upon its members and recognizes the lifetime achievements of the recipient. The award is presented annually to a school business official for visionary leadership, dedication to students and exemplary achievements in the profession.

Last year, the Virginia Association of School Business Officials (VASBO) presented its Virginia Cardinal Award to Frye. The Virginia Cardinal Award is presented annually to a school business official in the Commonwealth who exemplifies professionalism, leadership and innovation in the field of school business management.

Schools Superintendent David Sovine says, “Mrs. Frye is highly skilled at her chosen craft and possesses an in-depth knowledge of school division business management best practices. She is an outside-the-box thinker who is keenly focused on consistently incorporating structures designed to monitor organizational effectiveness and efficiency. She contributes to student success by working collaboratively with senior staff and building-level administrators in an effort to continuously improve and provide financial resources for instructional initiatives to best support the learning needs of our more than 13,000 students.”

Frye says, “It is a privilege and honor to be recognized by colleagues, peers and the selection panelists comprised of public and private professionals who are esteemed in their own right. I am thrilled and excited to represent Frederick County Public Schools, our community, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the school business profession. Throughout the last 25 years in public education, I have appreciated the opportunities to serve at the local, state and national levels. Those opportunities have equipped me to serve the school division, as well as our community, in better ways. Additionally, those opportunities have helped me to equip each member of my staff so they, in turn, can make a positive impact on teaching and learning. The Eagle Award for lifetime achievement represents all of our collective efforts on behalf of public education.”

In 2013-14, Frye served as the president of VASBO and worked to strengthen professional development for school business officials throughout the state and build more productive relationships with state-level stakeholders. Sovine says, “Frederick County Public Schools benefited immensely from Mrs. Frye’s work as a VASBO leader. Her work in forging a key, state-level relationship with the Virginia Department of Education allows Virginia school staff to complete a comparative analysis of school divisions throughout the Commonwealth in the areas of finance, student achievement, enrollment, transportation and staffing. The software platform that was developed has saved staff countless hours of research, while equipping them with the necessary data to make informed decisions to best serve our students and constituents. Mrs. Frye was also instrumental in having key decision makers from the state visit our school division in order to observe innovative instructional initiatives. This visit resulted in a number of opportunities to discuss essential K-12 education funding needs impacting our region as well as the entire state.”

Frye will be presented with the International Eagle Award at the 2016 ASBO International Annual Meeting and Expo in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 24. As the International Eagle Award recipient, she will receive a $5,000 college scholarship to present to a high school student(s), a crystal Eagle Award, and an invitation to attend the 2017 ASBO International Eagle Institute. The institute is a three-day leadership conference that brings together the best and brightest of the school business management profession. 

Frye started her career with Frederick County Public Schools in 1993 and served as Assistant Director of Finance for five years before being named Executive Director of Finance. Prior to joining Frederick County Public Schools, she served as an internal control and documentation auditor at American Woodmark Corporation (1984-1986), a comptroller at Shenandoah University (1986-1990) and the Director of Finance for Clarke County Public Schools (1991-1993).

Frye is a member of VASBO, the Southeastern Association of School Business Officials (SASBO) and the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO). She has served in a number of leadership roles with VASBO including President, President-elect, Treasurer and Secretary. Frye is also an ASBO Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations.