Jay Stanley, the finance director for Columbus County Schools, passed away on Monday, October 23.
According to a spokesman for the school system, they learned late on Monday night.
Stanley has also held positions at New Hanover County Schools and Bladen Community College.
The following statement was made by the district:
We regret to inform you of the demise of Jay Stanley, our finance director. At the age of 50, Jay passed away unexpectedly on October 23, 2023.
Jay was more than just a watchdog over our spending; he knew that every dollar was there to better the lives and education of our pupils. Jay is meticulous about audits and compliance, and his ability to make the most of resources has already made a difference for Columbus County Schools. Jay significantly enhanced our finance system over the past year and added a much-needed level of efficiency and accountability. His careful consideration of how best to use finances had a favorable effect on our educational programs and, above all, our pupils.
Jay was a people person rather than a numbers person, and his ability to bring out the best in everyone he came into contact with in both his personal and professional lives is evidence of his enduring legacy in our community and system. Jay was an exceptional financial officer, and his loss will be greatly felt by our district.