Ellen Lipe, GCS CFO, is One of Only Three Business Professionals in Tennessee to Earn SFO Designation

The Association of School Business Officials International announced that Ellen Lipe, Chief Financial Officer of Greeneville City Schools, is the third school business professional in the State of Tennessee to earn the Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations®. School business professionals who earn the SFO certification have proven that they have the required knowledge, expertise, and fiscal credibility to lead their school district and effectively manage the district's finances.

The SFO designation is granted to highly qualified school business professionals who fulfill multiple requirements, including demonstrating certification eligibility (through work experience and education); passing a comprehensive two-part exam that tests competency in accounting and school business management topics; and adhering to the ASBO International Certification Code of Conduct. School business officials who have earned the SFO certification commit to ongoing professional development, renewing the certification annually, and undergoing re-certification every three years.

“I am excited to use my new certification to serve the students and employees of Greeneville City Schools, and I am thankful for all I have learned from my Business and Operations Department co-workers over the past six years that enabled me to pass the Operations portion of the exam,” says Lipe.  

Lipe has served as Chief Financial Officer for Greeneville City Schools since 2015. She holds a Master of Accountancy from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).