District 518's Patrick Morphew honored with lifetime achievement award
"Worthington District 518 is proud of Patrick’s exceptional work, trustworthy character, and willingness to share his talents and skills locally and across the state."
WORTHINGTON — Patrick Morphew, who has served as District 518's accountant for 29 years, has been presented the 2022 Outstanding Lifetime Contribution Award by the Minnesota Association of School Business Officials.
The Outstanding Lifetime Contribution Award recognizes and celebrates the overall contributions of Minnesota school business officials to their districts or organizations, their communities and the profession.
This specific award is intended to honor the cumulative accomplishments in their career in school business roles.
"Worthington District 518 is proud of Patrick’s exceptional work, trustworthy character, and willingness to share his talents and skills locally and across the state," said Anne Foley, public relations/communications coordinator for the school, adding that District 518 appreciates and values his contributions.
One Outstanding Lifetime Contribution Award is given each year to a worthy recipient at the MASBO conference, and Morphew is the seventh person to be honored with this award.
As the recipient of the Outstanding Lifetime Contribution Award, Patrick will also receive a $2,000 scholarship to be awarded to students in his home school district.
Morphew has been working as the Worthington Independent School District 518 accountant since 1993, and has amassed a wealth of knowledge related to school finance over the years. He shares that knowledge with local school administrators as well as school business professionals in our region and across the state. During his tenure at District 518, he has taught many new administrators and support personnel the correct ways to manage and track all aspects of school funding.
Those who know him well will attest that he is passionate about accounting and eagerly shares his knowledge with others.
He demonstrates exceptional attention to detail and accuracy. One area that has required this type of detail-oriented work is the management of various levies in the school district. He has managed the funds for operating and building levies well. Under his tenure, Morphew has consistently led the district in obtaining clean audits, often with no findings. During his time as the district’s accountant, he has tracked the levy funding for 12 building projects valued at more than $100 million dollars.
Because of the significant diversity in Worthington, the school district has applied for and awarded a wide range of grants over the years. Morphew has diligently tracked finances to meet the federal, state, or local guidelines and financial reporting requirements. With Worthington District 518 being the fiscal host for the Nobles County Integration Collaborative, he has collaborated with the business professionals in all 6 of the member school districts to manage achievement and integration revenue since 2004.
Throughout his tenure, Morphew has also assisted District 518 Community Education with tracking the finances for the Southwest ABE South Consortium of school districts. Worthington provides the financial management and administrative oversight for Adult Basic Education funding in 22 school districts spread across an eight-county area.
In addition to his career, he has been a leader in the Worthington community in a variety of roles.
He served in the Boys Scouts organization for 13 years in many leadership positions when his son was in the program and for years afterward. He taught Minnesota Motorcycle Safety classes for many years and has been a 20+ year member of the Worthington Noon Kiwanis. Morphew has also been a member and volunteer of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Worthington.
After graduating from Worthington High School, he then went on to work for Worthington Sports Center from 1972 – 1992 as a small engine mechanic and assistant manager.
He graduated from Worthington Community College, now Minnesota West Community & Technical College, with an Associate in Arts degree in accounting in 1990 with honors. Morphew then attended and graduated from Augustana College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting, business education, computer science, and information systems in 1992 with honors.
Morphew has been a member of MASBO for 26 consecutive years.
Patrick and his wife, Julie, have two adult children and three grandchildren, plus one on the way.
"We are honored to have a valued employee like Patrick as part of our staff and team," Foley added.