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Unsung Hero: Mike Curtis, St. Andrew’s Schools

By Net Assets posted 08-22-2018 03:06 PM

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Curtis used financial savvy and outstanding communication skills to restore his school's financial health in just a few years.

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. 

See a full list of the 2018 recipients. Stay tuned to for additional profiles.

Title: Chief Financial Officer

School: St. Andrew’s Schools, Honolulu, Hawaii

Years in current position: 5

Years in an independent school business office: 5

Superpower: School turnaround. After a beloved, long-time CFO unexpectedly passed away, Curtis stepped in and modernized and systematized the business office. He took the budget from a $900,000 shortfall to breaking even in four years. "In essence, Mike righted our financial ship!" 

Truth teller: "His energetic, optimistic leadership is sprinkled with a healthy dose of realism that keeps us all in check. He understands what it means to get something done in a timely and efficient way and gracefully nudges us forward so ideas become realities."

Power Project Manager: In his first year, he helped the school open a K-5 boys school adjacent to the existing K-12 girls school in time to enroll students for the upcoming year.

Big heart: "He never forgets that he is working with people and that they are far more important than numbers... He is loved because of his strong desire to help others." For example, when he learned that an employee needed additional sick leave to care for an ill child, he created a shared sick leave pool. 

See a full list of the 2018 recipients and read more about the Will J. Hancock Unsung Hero Award. will post additional profiles of Unsung Heroes throughout the fall — check in to learn more about other recipients. 



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