County BOE welcomes new chief school financial officer

By NICOLE SMITH
Daily Mountain Eagle
nicole.smith@mountaineagle.com
Posted 7/17/21

The chief school financial officer contract of Andrew McCay was approved by the Walker County Board of Education at a meeting on July 8.

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County BOE welcomes new chief school financial officer

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The chief school financial officer contract of Andrew McCay was approved by the Walker County Board of Education at a meeting on July 8.

McCay started serving as the school system's CSFO this month.

He is the former CSFO for Winston County Schools, where he was employed from July 2011 until June of this year. During his time with Winston County Schools, McCay led the school system in increasing their general fund reserve balance from less than one month of operating reserve to more than two and a half months of reserve.

McCay also assisted Winston County Schools in securing the acquisition of 16th section land.

Prior to serving in a CSFO role, McCay worked in banking from 2001 to 2011. He was once assistant vice president of Traders and Farmers Bank.

McCay is a graduate of Meek High School, Walker College, and the University of Alabama where he received a bachelor's degree in commerce and business administration. He also received his juris doctor from Birmingham School of Law.

"I am thankful to Dr. Willingham and the Walker County Board of Education for the opportunity to serve as the chief school financial officer for Walker County Schools. Although the position of CSFO does not require daily contact with the students of Walker County Schools, I still consider myself an educator," McCay told the Daily Mountain Eagle. "I intend to do all I can to best meet the educational needs of our students with the financial resources available. I know there are great things going on in Walker County Schools, and I’m excited to be a part of this wonderful school system."

Walker County Schools Superintendent Dr. Dennis Willingham welcomed McCay at last Thursday's school board meeting and thanked Randy Dunlap, who has served as the school system's interim CSFO. Dunlap will continue to provide advisement as needed.  

"We couldn't have done it without you, Mr. Dunlap," Willingham said. "Thank you for what you've done."

Dunlap responded, "It was my pleasure to help out in this situation."   

McCay is married to Kristen McCay, who is on the nursing faculty of Bevill State Community College, and they share a son and daughter. The family is a member of Glory Fellowship Baptist Church in Jasper.

At Thursday's meeting, McCay said, "The hospitality that the central office employees have shown has been phenomenal. It already feels like home to me."