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APS Hires New Chief Finance Officer

APS Hires New Chief Finance Officer

Don Moya has been appointed the new chief finance officer for APS

May 13, 2010

Albuquerque Public Schools officials today announced that Don Moya, currently deputy secretary for finance and operations at the NM Public Education Department, has been appointed chief finance officer for APS.

“We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Moya,” said APS Superintendent Winston Brooks. “He has a strong background in public school finance and will be an asset to the finance team currently in place.”

Moya, who has been in his current position with the state Public Education Department since December 2003, will start his new position in mid-July, Brooks said.

“We are still working out the exact start date, but we were fortunate to have been able to recruit Don for this very important position within APS. He has a proven track record in public school financing and budgeting,” Brooks added.

Moya replaces Dupuy Bateman, who will remain in the APS Finance Department working on special projects. Part of Batemen’s new duties will be to execute strategies that will save the district money in its day to day operations as the district faces unprecedented state budget cuts.

“I am probably most proud of the fact that under my direction, the Public Education Department moved all 89 school districts to a new accounting model for federal and state funds to comply with federal regulations and provide greater accountability to New Mexico taxpayers,” Moya said.

“It has been a pleasure to work with the Public Education Department to improve internal financial controls, and to develop and implement a new uniform chart of accounts for school districts and charter schools,” Moya said, adding that he is looking forward to his new position with APS.

Moya holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the College of Santa Fe.

He was the director of budget and finance for the Santa Fe Public Schools from 1999 to 2003. Moya worked as a senior budget analyst at the PED 1998-99. Prior to that, he was a management analyst with the state Children, Youth and Families Department from 1995 to1998.


From the New Mexico Public Education Department:

Education Deputy Secretary Don Moya Leaves Public Education Department, Joins Albuquerque Public Schools

Education Secretary Veronica C. García today announced the departure of Don Moya, Deputy Secretary of Finance and Operations from the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) to join Albuquerque Public Schools as the Chief Financial Officer mid-July.

Secretary García said, “It is a bitter-sweet goodbye. Don’s financial expertise, professionalism, and sense of humor will be sorely missed.  During his seven years of dedication and commitment to the state as Deputy Secretary he improved efficiency, increased accountability, and fought fiercely for education funding in New Mexico. I congratulate him on this career move and wish him well.”

In December 2003, Don Moya was appointed by Governor Bill Richardson as the state’s first deputy education secretary for finance and operations overseeing a $3.4 billion budget and advising the cabinet secretary on public education fiscal policy.

Deputy Secretary Moya said, “I truly believe I have the best job in state government. I love what I do and have never worked with more talented, committed, and hardworking people. Their passion and dedication continually amaze me and I am proud of what we’ve done here for the 330,000 public school students in New Mexico. My move to APS is an opportunity to stay in public education and go back to the front lines where I can really affect change by helping the district build a finance plan that will define it as the flagship school district not only in the state, but in the nation.”

During his tenure as Deputy Secretary, Moya developed and implemented the Operating Budget Management System, eliminating district financial data entry, increasing accountability and transparency, reducing processing time from weeks to hours, and winning the 2007 Information Technology Award for Best Solution Custom Software from NM Information Technology & Software Associates.

Mr. Moya believes that public education is the key to reducing inequality and preparing our youth for success in the growing global economy. He is a product of the New Mexico public education system, graduated from Santa Fe High School and received a B.A. of Business Administration with concentrations in management, economics, and Spanish from the College of Santa Fe.

As Deputy Secretary, Moya currently directs administrative services, transportation, instructional materials, student nutrition, school budget, finance analysis, and capital outlay divisions for New Mexico’s school districts and charter schools. He also serves as the Cabinet Secretary’s designee on the Public School Capital Outlay Council and the Public School Capital Outlay Task Force.

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