The Will J. Hancock Unsung Hero Award is given to business officers who have made extraordinary contributions to their schools and exemplify exceptional integrity, knowledge and motivation. At the end of each school year, new Unsung Heroes receive their award from their head of school, often at a significant school occasion such as a board meeting or an all-school ceremony. What makes these Unsung Heroes so special? The highlights below come straight from their colleagues' nominations.
Title: Business Officer
School: Krieger Schechter Day School, Baltimore, MD
Superpower: Commendable Tenure: Retiring after 25 years at Krieger Schechter Day School, Richmond has provided invaluable advice and perspective to three heads and ten board of trustee chairs during his tenure. “He has helped lead the school through thick and thin, and in the end, the school has always emerged stronger due to his leadership,” said Head of School Moshe Schwartz. “He knows that the school is in a better place than when he arrived and that he is leaving it in good hands.”
Powerful process management. Richmond leveraged “best in class” process management skills to enhance the school’s tuition setting policy and results reporting. “His contributions have resulted in a thriving, vibrant and financially sustainable school,” said Schwartz.
Natural communicator. “He can resolve conflicts without bias or ensuing animosity. He communicates effectively with all school constituents, and he is sought after for his opinion and guidance.”
Servant leader: The most frequently uttered phrase within the school’s business office is “How can I help you?” as Richmond is known for initiating each conversation with a helpful gesture.