Earlier this month, FWSU welcomed new Business Manager, Randall Morton, to its leadership team.
Randy comes to us with lots of experience and a positive, team-oriented approach to his work. His leadership style is driven by forging relationships, finding strengths, modeling flexibility, and keeping a step ahead of whatever may be on the horizon.
Randy has worked in the accounting field for over 20 years. He received his degree from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. After working for a number of years in the private sector in Florida, Randy learned about the position of School Business Manager and set a goal to become one in northern Vermont.
In 2012, Randy was offered an accounting position at Windham Central Supervisory Union in Townshend, and in 2016 he became the Assistant Business Manager. In 2017, Randy took the helm as the Business Manager at Battenkill Valley Supervisory in the community of Arlington, Vermont. When he heard about the search for FWSU Business Manager, he started doing research and heard nothing but great things about our three communities, our schools, and the staff. Randy willingly shared, “I’m happy to say that all of these have proven to be true!”
Randy describes this as a challenging time for school finance in Vermont. With statewide student enrollment numbers declining, tax rates increasing, funding formulas changing, potential mergers pending, and so many other variables up in the air at the moment, the need to be adaptive to change is incredibly important. Information that can significantly impact the day-to-day operations comes in constantly, so flexibility and keeping on top of the changes is absolutely vital. Randy is clearly ready for these challenges — his optimism and flexible approach are a real benefit for our supervisory union. And at the very least he says, “It keeps it interesting, for sure!”
Randy has already noted that FWSU has an innovative and forward-thinking approach to education and technology, which he finds very exciting. About how he feels working here, Randy said, “The staff here has a great reputation and have been absolutely amazing to work with. I’m very happy to be a part of the team!”
When Randy is not at work, he is most comfortable exploring the Vermont outdoors, especially his new Franklin County surroundings. Hiking, biking, kayaking, exploring new areas, and taking road trips are his leisure activities of choice. He also plays guitar and is also been learning to play the piano. Randy has a 7-year-old son, Alec. Whenever possible, they like to travel to his hometown in the Boston area to see family and spend time at the beach.
Linda Keating is the Director of Curriculum at FWSU. She is a regular contributor to the FWSU Blog. You can follow her on Twitter @Educate4ward