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Masonic Villages Names Longtime Lawyer as Its Chief Executive-Elect

William L. Kingsbury was selected CEO-elect for the Masonic Villages by the Masonic Villages’ board of directors.

Kingsbury will become CEO for the Masonic Villages on Dec. 1, 2019, upon the retirement of Joseph E. Murphy, who has served as the senior executive for the organization since 1983.

Kingsbury will be responsible for the day-to-day management of all the charitable activities and functions of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, which includes, in addition to the Masonic Villages, the Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Masonic Youth Foundation,the Masonic Blood and Organ Donor Program and the Masonic Charities Fund. He will oversee the delivery of program services; budgeting and financial reporting; facilities management; information technology and systems management; development, advancement and fundraising; human resources; and legal and compliance. In addition, he will manage the development and implementation of strategic planning processes and initiatives to ensure alignment with goals and core mission values for the organization.

Kingsbury earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from Villanova University in 1992. He played baseball for the Wildcats during his undergraduate years and was drafted by the Oakland A’s. When his professional athletic career was cut short due to an injury, Kingsbury returned to Villanova and earned a law degree in 1995.

Upon graduation, Kingsbury joined the law firm of Peck, Young & VanSant,Philadelphia, and was promoted to partner in 1997.

In 2001, Peck, Young & VanSant merged into Montgomery, McCracken, Walker, & Rhoads, LLP, Philadelphia. Kingsbury served in a variety of leadership positions, including chair of the business department and as a member of the executive committee. He has extensive experience in advising both for-profit and tax-exempt organizations in a variety of industries with respect to their operations, structure, governance, complex business and financial transactions, capital projects and commercial contracts. He is also experienced in advising private and public institutional investors in connection with all aspects of their investment programs.

Kingsbury is a member of Melita Masonic Lodge No. 295, Philadelphia. He is a past director of the Berwyn Paoli Area Little League and has served on many other forprofit and non-profit boards. He resides in Valley Forge with his wife and two children.

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