Anita Kovacs Garners 2013 Ken Jarrett Service Award
Anita Kovacs, controller at South Florida State College (SFSC), was presented the 2013 Ken Jarrett Service Award recently at the Florida College System’s Council of Business Affairs (COBA) summer meeting. Joe Sarnovsky, vice president for administrative and business services at Seminole State College, was the 2012 recipient and presented the award to Kovacs.
Kovacs is the first non-chief business officer to be presented the award and SFSC is the first college to have two recipients. Glenn Little, vice president of administrative services, won the award in 2005.
The award is bestowed annually in recognition of the legacy of excellence established by Ken Jarrett, who until his death in 2000, served as the director of business affairs for the Florida Division of Community Colleges. Jarrett was a co-author of the accounting manual used by all 28 colleges in the Florida College System (FCS) when it was first written in 1968.
Members of COBA nominate one business officer, controller, or human resource officer who exemplifies the spirit of Jarrett. Criteria for the award are service to the FCS and the honor the recipient brings to it. The selection committee is made up of past Ken Jarrett Award winners.
Kovacs has provided assistance to other colleges, proposed many updates to the accounting manual, and has spent a great deal of time working with the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) updates in the last year.
Kovacs has instructed staff at Northwest Florida State College and Florida Keys Community College (FKCC) in person, via phone, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection. She assembled FKCC’s Annual Financial Report, coordinated the GASB 45 valuations amongst Florida College System Risk Management Consortium (FCSRMC) member colleges, and generally serves as a reference for issues.
She chairs the GASB subcommittee of the COBA, which organized Continuing Professional Education (CPE) training for COBA members and presented accounting manual updates for the changes to GASB. Kovacs has been a member of Ellucian’s customer advisory board for finance, and has served as a reference to other colleges on the Banner finance module.