Kent Stephens

Strategic Partnerships Inc. consultant Kent Stephens advised state leaders, legislators, superintendents, college presidents, trustees, and community officials for almost 30 years in California, Oregon, and Utah as a chief business officer (CBO).

Kent most recently served as deputy superintendent for San Juan Unified, one of California’s largest school districts. Previously he served as vice president of Hartnell College in California. He also was the CBO at Lane County Office of Education in Eugene, Oregon, and Salt Lake City School District. While in Oregon, he was appointed by the governor to represent all 165 school districts on the state’s Best Business Practices Advisory Committee.

He was charged with oversight for all traditional school business and operational functions, including finance, budgeting, purchasing, nutrition services, student transportation, facility management, risk management, and technology. Additionally, Kent handled public financing (bonds) and large capital improvement plans.

Kent has been active in the Association of School Business Officials and The Council of Great City Schools. He served on several governing boards for California Joint Power Authorities in California with oversight for insurances, risk management, and technology. He is a member of the Northern California School Business Executives.

He earned a Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in finance and a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in strategy from Brigham Young University.