Lora Duzyk, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services for the San Diego County Office of Education, is the new President of the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO).
Duzyk has served as a member of CASBO for 12 years and was sworn into office on April 21 during the organization's annual conference and will serve as president at a state level through April 2007.
"Public service in school business management is an extremely complex and demanding career," Duzyk said. "Nothing is possible without the cream of the crop, dedicated and hard working support staff at the County Office of Education. I'm also inspired by the dedication and commitment my colleagues exhibit on a daily basis. It's truly an honor to serve the CASBO organization and its members."
Duzyk has served for 12 years in several business services positions at the San Diego County Office of Education, and has been a member of CASBO since 1992. She previously served as director of fiscal services at Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista and director of finance at National School District in National City.
As a member of CASBO, Duzyk's previous roles include treasurer, state payroll committee chair, and she has also been involved in CASBO's strategic planning committee.
As for the biggest influences in her career, Duzyk named Don Shelton, the former Assistant Superintendent of Business Services at the County Office of Education, County Superintendent of Schools Rudy Castruita, National School District Superintendent George Cameron and Ken Fite, Vice President of Fiscal Affairs at Southwestern College.
"Working with Don Shelton was unbelievable for me," said Duzyk. "As each day passes, I gain more and more respect for him. Shelton always taught me the importance of relationships and that all issues can be handled."
Duzyk was born in Camp Zama, Japan and moved to the states as a child, graduating from Sherman E. Burroughs High School in Ridgecrest, Calif. After graduating from San Diego State with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, she earned her Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
"CASBO plays an enormous role in preparing and supporting school business professionals as they in turn support their local educational programs," said Duzyk.
As CASBO president, Duzyk will be responsible for six board sections in California in planning an educational coalition, media events and strategic planning system to better serve school business officials and districts.
Since 1927 CASBO has been providing leadership, professional development, advocacy, communication, mentoring, and research and development in school business. The association promotes professionalism throughout every financial and operational facet of school business management and acts as a forum for sharing problems, solutions, experiences and information among schools across the state.