New HPS Finance Director Announced

New HPS Finance Director Announced
Posted on 02/18/2022

Blalock Selected as New

Finance Director

for Hickory Public Schools


HICKORY… Jeffrey L. Blalock has been selected as the new Finance Director for Hickory Public Schools. Blalock replaces Adam Steele who left in December for a position closer to his residence in Iredell County.

Serving as the Finance Director for Greenway Public Transportation since 2014, Blalock brings a wealth of experience with day-to-day operations in preparing all accounting, procedures, and financial policies while tracking expenditures and revenues.

In his role with Greenway Public Transportation, Blalock also prepared the audited annual financial statement reports for eight years, worked with local, state, and federal officials, performed grants management, completed monthly and annual reports, implemented accounting programs to enhance tracking of fixed assets and inventory, and he strengthened employee benefit plans.

Additionally, Blalock led the growth of cash balance for Greenway from $97,000 in 2012 to $5 million in 2021. Following his development of the cost allocation plan for the organization, he was asked if the plan could be used as a “Best Practice” by state auditors.

Prior to joining Greenway Public Transportation, Blalock served as an Auditor for Martin Starnes & Associates, CPAs, P.A. His auditing responsibilities covered the counties of Alleghany, Alexander, Caldwell, Catawba, Halifax, Henderson, Iredell, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, Nash, Rockingham, Rowan, Stokes, and Surry. Additionally, he audited the cities of Granite Falls, Greenville, North Wilkesboro, Rocky Mount, Taylorsville, and Washington—and he served as an auditor for Thomasville Tourism Authority.

Blalock previously worked with the manufacturing firm, Getrag, in Newton—serving Accounts Payable where he extended his professional skills in vendor operations and problem-solving -- while saving the company over $100,000.

An online adjunct instructor, Blalock teaches financial programs for Brigham Young University-Idaho and Western Piedmont Community College.

Blalock earned both his Master of Accountancy and his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Gardner-Webb University.

“It is such a great honor to be selected as Finance Director of Hickory Public Schools,” said Blalock.  “I would like to thank Dr. Bryan Taylor and the Hickory Public Schools Board of Education for presenting me with this opportunity. 

“I look forward to working with everyone at Hickory Public Schools and in the community that has a vested interest.  Together, we will further the mission of HPS to develop within each learner the skills to be a responsible citizen and have a lifelong love of learning,” said Blalock.

Blalock and his wife, Lisa, are the parents of seven children (Aleah, Kirstin, Makinna, Luke, Ambria, Harrison, and Grant). When not working, he enjoys spending time with his family -- hiking, fishing, and playing cornhole.

 “We are thrilled that Mr. Blalock is joining Hickory Public Schools,” said HPS Superintendent, Dr. Bryan Taylor. “His professional background in accounting and financial procedures makes for a solid fit as our new Finance Director. We look forward to his contributions and expertise in the finance arena as we collectively move forward, together. We welcome Mr. Blalock to the HPS work family.”

Jeffrey L. Blalock begins his duties as Finance Director for Hickory Public Schools on Monday, February 21, 2022. He may be reached at the administrative offices: 828-322-2855, EXT. 238 or email: [email protected]



(Post by Beverly Snowden,
HPS director of communications)





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