2008 Winner - Bob Reese

Bob Reese -- Director of Business Services, Pendleton School District

Photo: Bob ReeseBob Reese has demonstrated his leadership in finance at the highest caliber as Director of Business Services for the Pendleton School District for nine years now. Bob is an extremely energetic, knowledgeable and dedicated educational leader. He is well-organized and efficient in managing his time in the best interest of the schools he serves. He is able to maintain a big picture focus with a long-range vision.

Bob is regularly sought out both regionally and statewide for his grasp of current Oregon school funding issues and measures. In an effort to maximize efficiency, Bob was proactive in refinancing PERS obligations through bonds to gain savings. He is inclusive in seeking input prior to facilitating often difficult – yet necessary – belt-tightening measures.

Bob has skillfully facilitated an innovative model to enhance the Pendleton School District’s capacity to provide educational services by leveraging local resources with grant capacities to augment local and state funds. An innovative venture of providing energy retrofit measures has leveraged education capacity to sustain services to schools.

Bob is a true professional, representing the district and the community on a number of levels. He is active in the Oregon Association of School Business Officials and Rotary Club of Pendleton, and in the past has served as chairman of the Governor’s Task Force to review the future of Eastern Oregon State Hospital, board chairman for the Oregon League of Financial Institutions, president of the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce, president of the Round-Up City Development Corp., Eastern Oregon University Regional Advisory Committee on Distance Learning, the Umatilla County Budget Committee, Pendleton School Board and Budget Committee, Port of Umatilla Budget Committee and as a board member for St. Anthony Hospital.

Bob exemplifies the executive leadership qualities of the Doug Flatt Memorial Leadership Award and has served rural Eastern Oregon with distinction. Thank you, Bob, for your dedication and leadership in our schools!