After the Red Oak ISD Board of Trustees reconvened from a recent closed session, they approved the personnel report that included the hiring of a new chief financial officer.

Red Oak ISD Superintendent Michael Goddard announced the hiring of William Johnston to replace retiring chief financial officer, Vickie Benbow. The board unanimously approved the hire at the Nov.12 meeting.

Benbow will retire after she served more than 23 years in Texas public education, the last six as ROISD CFO. Prior to Red Oak, she worked in finance in several Texas districts including Rockwall and Allen ISDs, and as a CPA auditor for several years. Benbow has served on the Texas Skyward User Group Steering Committee and is a Registered Texas School Business Administrator through.

“We are excited to announce Dr. William Johnston as our incoming CFO,” Goddard stated. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the district with insight into services and funding to support all students. In addition, his skill set includes teaching school finance and law, perspective as a Board member, and depth of community engagement.”

Johnston will officially join ROISD in early December as CFO and assistant superintendent of business services. He will oversee the accounting, purchasing, payroll, accounts payable, and business services staff. Johnston, originally from Victoria, will relocate from Round Lake, Illinois where he served as CFO and assistant superintendent of business for Round Lake area schools since 2011.

From 2004 to 2011, Johnston acted as the CFO and executive director of business and director of finance for Kenosha Unified School District No. 1. Before his career in education, Johnston worked in the healthcare and insurance industries for 15 years. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Carthage College since 2006, and most recently at Concordia University Chicago in the Education Administration Program covering school finance, school law and resource management.

Johnston earned his doctor of education from Concordia University with a concentration in school leadership in 2017, Master of Business Administration from Baylor University in 1985, and Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Houston in 1984. He also earned his Illinois superintendent license in 2018, holds both Illinois and Wisconsin School Business Offical’s licenses, and his CPA in Wisconsin. He has already begun the process of transferring his CPA and Superintendent licenses to Texas and has already joined the Texas Association of School Business Officials.

Johnston is active in his community and serves on the boards of the Round Lake Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement of Kenosha County, Kenosha Literacy Council and served on the Kenosha United School District Board before his employment with the district. He has won several awards through ASBO International including the Certification of Excellence in financial reporting and the Meritorious Budget Award. He has frequently presented on school finance to both community and legislative groups including testifying to the Wisconsin State Legislature regarding school finance.

He and his wife have two grown daughters who live in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, and they look forward to living closer to their family.