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Kathy H. Isenhour

KathyH. Isenhour

CPA Kathy H. Isenhour is a senior consultant to SEC following a 28-year career as a school business official and most recently, Associate Superintendent for a city school district. During this career, Kathy earned top awards in school finance including the Association of School Business Officials International Distinguished Professional Eagle Award. In addition to school finance, as Associate Superintendent this CPA also was responsible for maintenance, food service, purchasing, capital improvements, long-range planning, and transportation so she is well-versed in school operations.

Kathy Isenhour began her career as budget manager/accountant for Hickory NC Public Schools in 1983. She later was named Finance Officer and Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance before assuming the broader role of Associate Superintendent in 2006, a role she filled until her retirement in 2011.

Among her honors are being named Certified School Business Administrator by the NC State Board of Education, Lou R. Thompson School Business Official Service Award presented by the NC Association of School Business Officials (NCASBO), and Outstanding School Business Official by the Southeastern School Business Officials group. Each year from 1990 to 2010, Kathy and her staff were recognized by the NC State Board of Education for Achievement in Financial Management. She also was awarded the Government Finance Officers Association Award for Financial Achievement in Reporting, 1989-2010 and the Association of School Business Officials International Award for Financial Excellence in Reporting for the same time period.

Kathy served as President of NCASBO in 1995-96. She also was the NC Director for the Southeastern Association of School Business Officials and was a board member of the NC Association of School Administrators. Kathy has shared her expertise at local, state and national conferences.

Professional Memberships & Affiliations

North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants

North Carolina Association of School Administrators

Government Finance Officer Association

Association of School Business Officials International

Southeastern Association of School Business Officials

North Carolina Association of School Business Officials

Our Professionals

Kathy H. Isenhour
Partner, School Efficiency Consultants

H. Hank Hurd, MBA
Partner, School Efficiency Consultants

Brenda Jones
Human Resources' Consultant

Ricky Lopes
Partner, School Efficiency Consultants

Dr. Denise Morton
Consultant, School Efficiency Consultants

Leon L. Rives II
Founding Partner

Kay Williams
Consultant, School Efficiency Consultants

SEC Partner Qualifications:

  • Local, state, and federal education administration leadership: U.S. Education Department, State Assistant Superintendent, District Superintendent, Finance Officer
  • Governmental and public school auditing
  • Experience working with small to large, urban and rural districts
  • Local, state, and national trainers of superintendents, principals, school board members and others

Partnership with Rives & Associates, LLP

School Efficiency Consultants is a subsidiary of Rives & Associates, LLP, Certified Public Accountants, a North Carolina company with offices in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Lexington. Rives & Associates has a 25-year history of developing economic plans for clients regardless of size or specialty. We are an accounting firm that goes beyond to ensure that our service model exceeds customer and our own high expectations.