Avery Embry is a Talladega native and an alumnus of Talladega High School.
The Alabama Association of School Business Officials recognize, through this award, the dedication that individuals bring to their communities, their profession and their school district in everyday life. Identifying school business officials devoted to going above and beyond to do their job and to serve their community. AASBO seeks to recognize individuals who are trying to make a difference in the lives of their peers and subordinates and have set new standards for themselves and their colleagues in their profession. AASBO wants to celebrate the best their profession of school business management offers through the Robert L. Morton award program.
The award is named for the late assistant superintendent of administration and finance for the Alabama State Department of Education.
While the award presentation will take place in May, Embry’s selection was announced at last week’s meeting of the Talladega County Board of Education, where he was lauded for making sensible decisions with dollars and cents, managing hundreds of millions of dollars during his 16 years of service for the board.
He was selected for the state honor after being a three-time district winner in his field.
He was also honored last fall with the Billy J. McCain, Sr., Memorial Award for his work with the Cheaha Regional Head Start program. Embry has served on the Cheaha Regional Head Start Program’s policy council for five years and the executive board for two years.
Embry credits a high school program for inspiring him to enter the field of accounting and for giving him the basic courses he needed to get started in the early 1980s. The Distributed Education Clubs of America helped prepare students for business-oriented fields. After earning two degrees in the field, he’s using his knowledge to help schools in his home county operate on an efficient basis to educate others.
We applaud Embry on his success, and we’re pleased he could do it close to home.