Roger Dickson has over 30 years of experience as a school business official in rural, suburban and urban school districts in Wisconsin. In every district in which he has worked, the district’s financial position was improved, fiscal capacity for future operations was enhanced and operational efficiencies evident. He has been recognized by his peers as Wisconsin School Business Official of the year. He has served both the state school business officials association as a member of the Board of Directors and chair of the Accounting Committee for multiple years. Mr. Dickson is an active member of the international school business officials associations and served as a member and chair of Auditing, Accounting and Budgeting Committee for a number of years. He has been selected by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board to serve on standard setting task forces, recognized for early implementation of multiple accounting standards and is a regular presenter at state and national venues on governmental accounting, finance and operations matters.
Under Mr. Dickson’s leadership, schools districts have received the Certification of Excellence in Financial Reporting and the Meritorious Budget Award for multiple years. In response to changing school finance regulations, he revised the calculation of per pupil costs used the state legislature resulting in improved cost comparisons and better public policy decisions. Mr. Dickson has forged relationships with overlapping and underlying governments to create opportunities for shared services resulting in cost savings for taxpayers of all affected agencies.
In addition to his work in public schools, Mr. Dickson has been a leader and advisor in the creation of the Milwaukee Parental School Choice Program, allowing vouchers to be used to send children to private and parochial schools. Mr. Dickson served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Messmer Catholic Schools for 20 years, helped launch the School Choice Association and remains active in organizations that help families improve educational opportunities for their children.
Mr. Dickson earned both his Bachelor of Science in Education and his Masters of Science in Education degrees from the University of Whitewater.
Mr. Dickson has 4 children and 5 grandchildren.