Benjamin Leong, Chief Financial Officer of Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), is the winner of this year’s Bill Wise Award from the Council of Great City Schools for distinguished service to urban education. Leong received the honor at the Council’s annual Chief Financial Officers Conference, September 24 – 27, 2013, in Dallas, Texas.
The Bill Wise Award is named in honor of its first recipient, who devoted his professional career to being a strong leader and staunch advocate for students, teachers and public education in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. The award honors those who exemplify the professionalism, commitment, integrity and leadership demonstrated by Dr. Wise.
Leong joined BCPS in 1995, as director of management/facilities audits. During his tenure, he has also served as comptroller. Prior to joining BCPS, Leong was auditor general of the New York City School Construction Authority and special assistant to the chancellor of New York City public schools. As special assistant to the chancellor for financial affairs, Leong oversaw a $7.2 billion budget, supervised business operations and organized the restructuring of numerous departments within the central administration. He has more than 25 years of experience in accounting, auditing and financial management. Leong received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Miami.
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