BOCES OKs official

JOHNSTOWN – Kwame Boakye-Yiadom was recently appointed associate superintendent of business for Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

He will assume the role of Chief Financial Officer Karen Fagan, who is leaving BOCES after more than 16 years of service.

Boakye-Yiadom joined the staff on July 7, and will oversee the business office, as well as transportation, operations and maintenance, and central food service.

“We received nearly 20 qualified resumes, but Kwame’s range and depth of experience set him apart as the best fit for this position,” BOCES District Superintendent Patrick Michel said in a news release. “We feel very fortunate to find someone of his caliber to step into a role that has been so capably held by Karen Fagan for several years.”

Michel said the salary for the position is $110,000.

Boakye-Yiadom is a two-time tenured assistant superintendent for business with more than 10 years of central office experience. He has extensive experience in budget administration and capital projects management, as well as finance/accounting management, audit coordination, purchasing/acquisitions, health, safety and risk management and labor negotiations.

He has also served as a teacher, beginning his career teaching high school accounting.

“I am excited to join the HFM BOCES team. I have been impressed by the friendliness and professionalism of the staff, and look forward to the opportunities and challenges in HFM BOCES’ future,” Boakye-Yiadom said in the release.

Boakye-Yiadom holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Andrews University in Michigan, an MBA from Lincoln University in Missouri, and advanced certifications in educational administration and school business administration from New York University.

Michel said since Boakye-Yiadom has tenure, he’ll serve a three-year probation period. After that time, Michel said, the BOCES board will need to decide if they would like to retain Boakye-Yiadom in the position or let him go.

Boakye-Yiadom is on schedule to receive his Ph.D in business and management from Manchester Business School, Manchester, U.K., in September 2015.