About TASBO

In 1965, John Freeman, Assistant Superintendent, Business Affairs, Bob Davis, Director of Accounting, and Pat Wills, Director of Purchasing and Warehousing, all from Memphis City Schools, attended the ASBO Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

During that conference, the three of them met with Jim McCullough, Assistant Superintendent for Business Affairs for the Chattanooga School System, and discussed the feasibility of forming a state organization.  The original idea was that a state organization would be of benefit to all school business people in the state, so that additional resources could be made available.  They all considered it a good idea. 

In 1966, at the Tennessee Superintendent's Conference in Gatlinburg, twenty-two business officials met at the Mountain View Hotel and put together the details of the organization, which would become known as the Tennessee Association of School Business Officials (TASBO).

The next year, 1967, the first annual convention of TASBO was held at the Holiday Inn in Columbia, Tennessee, with the following officers:

James D. McCullough, President

John P. Freeman, President Elect

Randell L. Jewell, Secretary/Treasurer

Robert E. Davis, Director (1 Year)

John K. Butler, Director (2 Years)

James M. Colmey, Director, (3 Years)

The first three conferences were held in Columbia, Jackson and Cleveland.  In 1969, the membership voted at the Cleveland conference to start rotating between the large cities of Knoxville (East TN), Nashville (Middle TN) and Memphis (West TN).  This was done until 1977, when Chattanooga was added to the rotation.

The TASBO Distinguished Service Award was added at the 1970 conference in Nashville.  Commissioner J. Howard Warf receive the first award, and it has been presented each year since.  The conference has grown to attract over 500 school business officials and other school business personnel from across Tennessee and hosts in excess of 50 exhibitors each year.

In 2010 the TASBO Distinguished Service Award was changed to the James D. McCullough Distinguish Service Award in honor of the first president of TASBO and the second recipient of the award.

TASBO CHARTER MEMBERS

Zach T. Boyd
A.C. Hutson, Jr.
Alvin H. Brown
Randell L. Jewell
John K. Butler
Victor M. Johnson
Charles C. Collins
James D. McCullough
James M. Colmey
H. Claude Moore
C.M. Dougherty
Delbert S. Nowell
Robert E. Davis
Andy Smith
Thomas E. Elliot
Don R. Thomsen
John P. Freeman
James P. Whitlock
Kimble Gooden
Pat Wills
History contributed by Pat Wills and Weldon Heath.

 

TASBO LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

2012
James D. McCullough
Chattanooga City (Retired)

 

JAMES D. McCULLOUGH DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS

The award recognizes members who have provided exemplary service to TASBO and is awarded annually by the TASBO Board of Directors.

1970
J. Howard Warf
State Department
1971
James D. McCullough
Chattanooga City
1972
Andy C. Hutson
Knoxville City
1973
T.B. Webb
State Department
1974
Mildred Doyle
Knox County
1975
John P. Freeman
Memphis City
1976
Claude Wright
State Department
1977
Delbert Nowell
Metro Nashville
1978
E. Ray Holt
Memphis City
1979
Joel Shore
State Department
1980
Pat Wills
Memphis City
1981
Thomas McAnulty
CTAS
1982
Weldon Heath
State Department
1983
William Neblette
Chattanooga City
1984
Douglas Weiland
Clarksville-Montgomery
1985
George Whedbee
Knox County
1986
J.Richard Walker
Memphis City
1987
Millie Davis
State Department
1988
John Younger
Metro Nashville
1989
Walton Peace
State Department
1990
Paul Ackerman
State Department
1991
Edward M. Taylor
Metro Nashville
1992
Robert Smith
Hamilton County
1993
Earnest Farmer
State Department
1994
Martin Wright
Sullivan County
1995
John Meeks
Shelby County
1996
Harold Waldon
Shelby County
1997
Norma Jones
Memphis City
1998
Diane Griffin
Sullivan County
1999
Dennis Hirsch
Memphis City
2000
Bob Lassiter
Memphis City
2001
Joann Dugan
Hamilton County
2002
Roger Underwood
Knox County
2003
Jim Jones
State Department
2004
Leon Rash
Hamilton County
2005
Bobby Palmer
State Department
2006
David Huss
Obion County
2007
Sarah Moody
Sullivan County
2008
Donnie Cardwell
Metro Nashville
2009
Joe Anderson
Shelby County
2010
Chris Henson
Metro Nashville
2011
Maryanne Durski
State Department
2012
Colette Arnold
Manchester City
2013
Jeanie Mowery
Lenoir City
2014
Karen King
Sevier County
2015
Tom Rutledge
Manchester City
2016
Jodie Curtis
Hardin County
 
Dot Runyan
Meigs County

 

TASBO PAST PRESIDENTS

1966-67
James D. McCullough*
Columbia
1967-68
John P. Freeman *
Cleveland
1968-69
Billy Evans *
Jackson
1969-70
Delbert Nowell *
Nashville
1970-71
Claude Wright *
Knoxville
1971-72
W.I. Harvey *
Memphis
1972-73
Thomas McAnulty
Nashville
1973-74
C.M. Dougherty *
Knoxville
1974-75
E. Ray Holt *
Memphis
1975-76
Robert Morgan
Nashville
1976-77
William Neblette
Chattanooga
1977-78
Michael Pentecost
Memphis
1978-79
Willie P. Osborne *
Knoxville
1979-80
Douglas Weiland
Nashville
1980-81
Gary W. Land
Chattanooga
1981-82
J. Richard Walker *
Memphis
1982-83
George Whedbee
Knoxville
1983-84
John Younger
Nashville
1984-85
Jack Conner *
Chattanooga
1985-86
Marilyn Harrison
Memphis
1986-87
Jerry E. Wise *
Knoxville
1987-88
Edward M. Taylor
Nashville
1988-89
Robert Smith
Chattanooga
1989-90
J. Harold Waldon
Memphis
1990-91
Patsy Noland
Gatlinburg
1991-92
Ray Woodall
Nashville
1992-93
John E. Meeks *
Memphis
1993-94
Roger Underwood
Knoxville
1994-95
Edith P. Jordan
Nashville
1995-96
Leon Rash
Chattanooga
1996-97
Ernest Carter
Memphis
1997-98
Dennis Hirsch
Memphis
1998-99
Faye Elam
Nashville
1999-00
Richard Hummel
Chattanooga
2000-01
Phillip Jackson
Memphis
2001-02
Bobbie Davis
Knoxville
2002-03
Chris Henson
Nashville
2003-04
Christie Jordan
Chattanooga
2004-05
Joe Anderson
Memphis
2005-06
Diane Frank
Pigeon Forge
2006-07
Maryanne Durski
Nashville
2007-08
Ron Woody
UT-CTAS
2008-09
Joe Anderson
Memphis
2009-10
Jeanie Mowery
Sevierville
2010-11
Colette Arnold
Murfreesboro
2011-12
Donnie Cardwell
Murfreesboro
2012-13
Pam Jones
Murfreesboro
2013-14
Becky Adams
Murfreesboro
2014-15
Jeff Sandvig
Murfreesboro
2015-16
Traci Bryant
Murfreesboro

 

(* Deceased)