Current Superintendent of Human Resources and Operational Services Jeremy Hobbs has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB).
Director of Education Stephen Sliwa announced last week that Superintendent Hobbs will fully transition into this role in February 2020. Trustees confirmed his appointment at their organizational meeting on Wednesday, December 4.
“Jeremy is an accomplished business executive, having accumulated a range of administrative experiences since joining our board in 2004,” said Sliwa. “We believe he will do an exceptional job in his new role.”
“I’m very excited to begin,” said Superintendent Hobbs. “The finance team is strong and I expect to learn from them as I support their work. I’m grateful for the confidence and trust the Board of Trustees has placed in me.”
As part of his promotion, Mr. Hobbs will perform the duties of the Executive Superintendent of Business Services, overseeing finance, purchasing, student transportation, occupational health and safety, community use of schools, planning, information technology and facilities as part of his portfolio.
Superintendent Hobbs joined the board as Chief Information Officer in 2004. He assumed responsibilities for facilities operations and design and construction in 2007, and then added the human resources portfolio in 2014. His work has advanced the business operations of the Board in several ways including the introduction of a communications and online payments system for parents and a record of on-time and on-budget capital projects including construction.
Superintendent Hobbs replaces former Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Robert Backstrom in the role, who passed away in September 2019 following a lengthy illness.