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MNPS Chief Operating Officer Receives “Bill Wise Award”

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – (December 11, 2018) – Metro Nashville Public Schools’ Chief Operating Officer Chris Henson was selected as recipient of the prestigious Bill Wise Award from the Council of Great City Schools, a consortium of 74 of the nation’s largest urban public school systems dedicated to the improvement of education for children in the inner cities.

Henson has been with MNPS for nearly 20 years, and currently oversees the operations, facilities, and finance departments, including development and management of the district’s $886 million operating and capital improvement budgets. Under his leadership, MNPS was the first school district in Tennessee to be awarded the Meritorious Budget Award for Excellence by the Association of School Business Officials International.

Prior to his current role, Henson worked in the Franklin Special School District where he served as associate director of schools for finance and administration, and before that as budget and finance director/interim director of schools with Sumner County Schools. He was twice appointed by the Metropolitan Nashville Board of Education to serve the district as interim director of schools, first in 2008 and again in 2015. He began his career with Deloitte.

Henson is a long‐time member of the State Board of Education’s Basic Education Program (BEP) Review Committee and serves as past president of the Tennessee Association of School Business Officials. He graduated with honors from Trevecca University.

The Bill Wise Award is presented annually to a past or present Council member senior school business official (Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Administrative Officer, and Business Manager) who exemplifies professionalism, commitment, integrity, and leadership. The award is named after former Metro Nashville Public Schools superintendent Dr. Bill Wise, who served in the role from 1997 until his retirement in 2001. Wise worked for MNPS a total of 31 years. 


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