Charles Morgan Kinghorn, Jr. CGFM

Morgan KinghornMorgan was the Chief Operating Officer of Grant Thornton’s Global Public Sector, a global organization of accounting and consulting member firms providing assurance, tax and specialty advisory services to privately held businesses, public interest entities and public sector entities.  While at Grant Thornton, Morgan also served as the Managing Director for Industries in the Global Public Sector.  From 2003 to 2006 Morgan served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Academy of Public Administration, a congressionally chartered non-profit organization dedicated to improving public sector governance.  He provided day-to-day leadership to the Academy’s research staff as well as overseeing the activities of the Academy’s 600 fellows.  His proven skills in working with a diverse set of stakeholders were instrumental in the organization’s 50% revenue growth.  Morgan was a Partner and vice President at IBM from 2002-2003 as a result of the acquisition of the consulting business of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.  Prior to that he was a Partner at Coopers and Lybrands, and later at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Morgan’s service in the public sector encompassed several key positions of leadership including the position of Chief Financial Officer and Controller of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service from 1990 to 1995.  At IRS Morgan lead the financial reforms efforts of the IRS as the first senior executive to be brought in from outside the agency.  Morgan also prepared the IRS for its first clean audit opinion, the first one in the history of the Federal Government outside of public financial institutions.  Morgan also served in the Executive Office of the President, OMB as the Assistant Director for Financial Management and as the Budget Director and Acting Assistant Administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  He has served in the U.S. Department of Education, and the U. S. Agency for International Development prior to EPA.

Morgan has a Bachelor of Arts in Government with a minor in Piano Performance, Magna Cum Laude from the University of Redlands in Redlands, California and a Masters of International Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.  He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a member of the Association of Government Accountants and has received numerous awards throughout his career including the AGA Andy Barr Award in 2000, SES Executive of the Year in 1996, the Presidential Meritorious Service and Distinguished Awards, and the Daniel Scantlebury Award in 1985, the highest award in the Federal government in financial management.  He possesses as Top Secret Security clearance.

Morgan’s unique blend of skill include:

Executive leadership with knowledge and experience in all the core management operations:   Morgan started his Federal career as a budget examiner at OMB, returned twice to OMB, the last time as the acting Assistant Director for Financial Management.  Morgan started at EPA as the budget director, became Controller, and then Deputy Assistant Administrator for all management functions.  At the National Academy of Public Administration Morgan was the Chief Executive Officer, and at Grant Thornton’s Global Public Sector he managed all management operations.  He has been successful in the public, private and non-profit worlds.  He has been a trusted advisor in every organization.  Morgan has worked closely with the highest level of leadership within government, the private sector and academia.

Successful in diverse and complex organizations: Morgan has been a trusted advisor and leader in large organizations (120,000 employees) and small (100); private partnerships (C&L, PwCC), a publicly traded company (IBM), a non-profit organization (National Academy), and the public sector (OMB, EPA, IRS, Education).   Morgan’s diverse organizational  “homes” honed his leadership and executive skills because of the organizations’ complexities, different stakeholders, degree of politicization, and varied missions.  He has become very agile in functioning in very different organizational and cultural settings. Each organization had its own special internal and external stakeholders that Mr. Kinghorn was able to work with to accomplish key objectives.

Ability to link management to core mission: In every organization, Morgan has successfully understood the core mission(s) of the organization so that the administrative and management functions better served the internal (and external) clients and stakeholders. He has always seen these internal functions, systems, business process, financial and budgetary reporting, as integral drivers for improvement of organizational effectiveness and not just overhead.

Financial management expertise in public, private, and nonprofit organizations:  Morgan has over four decades of experience in Federal budgeting and accounting. He knows how to manage a P&L statement in the private sector, and knows the fragility of a non-profits financials.  He serves on the Finance Committee of the Board of the National Academy and has had experience with federal audits.  Again he brings tremendous breadth of understanding of budgetary and financial processes from a wide variety of operating environments.

Organizational development in diverse environments:  Morgan has been involved in the establishment of new programs (at EPA), the restructuring of stovepipes (IRS), and the constant need to re-focus in the private sector to meet the demands of changing economy. These competencies are invaluable in a diverse institution to help manage change.  At the heart of these changes are people and Morgan has shown tremendous agility in motivating people to do their best.

Ethical decision-making and relationships:  Morgan’s successful careers at OMB, EPA, IRS, two best in class partnerships (C&L & PwCC), the National Academy of Public Administration (composed of the best leaders in the public sector) and a publically held company (IBM) could not have occurred unless his ethical framework was solid and straightforward.  Those who have worked with Morgan and for him remain supportive associates due to how he operated over four decades.  His success has been based on an open and collaborative series of relationships.

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