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Posted May 6, 2014

APS Names New Chief Operations Officer

Brad Winter will retire May 30.

Albuquerque Public Schools officials announced that Ruben Hendrickson, currently deputy chief financial officer for the district, will take over as chief operations officer for APS in June.

Hendrickson replaces Brad Winter, who will retire effective May 30 and who has held the COO position since 2008. “We will miss his leadership and dedication to the students and the community of Albuquerque,” said APS Superintendent Winston Brooks.

In his more than 20 years with APS, Winter has served the district as an educator guiding students as both a teacher and an assistant principal, and then stepping in as an administrator to lead the capital master plan office, oversee the district’s Maintenance & Operations Department and for the last six years as chief operations officer.

“As chief operations officer, Dr. Winter led APS through one of largest school construction campaigns in its history—building schools to not only relieve crowding on Albuquerque’s growing West Side, but also rebuilding and re-furbishing our older schools,” Brooks said.

Brooks added that he is confident that Hendrickson will continue the progress made under Winter, has the skills to complete projects currently underway and will be ready to lead new initiatives.

Hendrickson, who has been in his current position in the APS Finance Department since December 2009, will oversee the district’s Facilities Design and Construction, Food & Nutrition Services, Maintenance & Operations, Risk Management, School Police and Student Transportation offices.

Hendrickson, who holds a master’s degree in finance from Stanford University, was a finance manager and controller for Intel in Rio Rancho from 1990 to 2009.

As finance manager for Intel’s Fab 9, Hendrickson oversaw an annual budget of $400 million. As the process, systems, training and audit controller, he helped implement a new cost management system that tracked some $1 billion in spending for projects at the Intel plant. Hendrickson also oversaw finance group operations for Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Costa Rica sites as Intel’s Southwest Regional Controller for Corporate Services.

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