William L. “Bill” Kingsbury

The Masonic Villages Board of Directors has selected William L. Kingsbury, Esq., as CEO-elect, the organization announced Wednesday.

He will begin Dec. 1, succeeding Joseph E. Murphy, who is retiring after having been a senior executive at 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 in addition to the Masonic Villages includes 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 of Science 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, he returned to Villanova and earned his juris doctorate in 1995.

Upon graduation, Kingsbury joined the law firm of Peck, Young & VanSant in Philadelphia and was promoted to partner in 1997. In 2001, Peck, Young & VanSant merged into Montgomery, McCracken, Walker, & Rhoads, LLP.

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, according to Masonic Villages. He also is experienced in advising private and public institutional investors in connection with all aspects of their investment programs.

Masonic Villages has locations in the Pennsylvania locations of Dallas, Elizabethtown, Lafayette Hill, Sewickley and Warminster. The organization provides a full continuum of retirement, personal care and nursing services for approximately 3,000 residents, as well as children’s services and community outreach services throughout Pennsylvania.