2014 Honorary Degrees


Charles Morgan Kinghorn Jr. '68

Two distinguished alumni were given honorary degrees during Commencement festivities on April 26, 2014. Charles Morgan Kinghorn Jr. ’68 received a Doctor of Music degree from the College of Arts & Sciences, and Ronald L. Litzinger ’88 received a Doctor of Business Administration degree from the School of Business.

Kinghorn has been an avid piano player for most of his life, and the School of Music was part of what drew him to the University of Redlands. After graduating with his degree in government, Kinghorn went to Washington, D.C., where he worked at such diverse organizations as the Office of Management and Budget (environment, defense and financial management), the Environmental Protection Agency (deputy assistant administrator for resource management), the Department of Education, and the Internal Revenue Service (the first controller and chief financial officer). He moved to the private sector, and became a partner with Coopers & Lybrand, which became PricewaterhouseCoopers, and chief operating officer of Grant Thornton’s Global Public Sector Practice.

Kinghorn has received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, Senior Executive Association’s Executive of the Year, and the Donald Scantlebury Award, the highest award in the federal government for financial management. He also never gave up on the piano, enrolling in the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C. He continues to take online courses and practices whenever he can. His honorary degree was given to him by his former piano teacher, Prof. Louanne Long.

“I felt very honored when I found out about this,” Kinghorn said. “I think it’s neat. Redlands prepares people for both their dreams and what you do day to day.”

Litzinger began at Southern California Edison in 1986, working as an engineer. In 1998, he became vice president of Edison Mission Energy, and from 1999 to 2002 served as vice president of worldwide operations. He was named vice president of strategic planning for Edison international in 2004 and senior vice president for the transmission and distribution business unit in 2005. In January 2011, he became president of Southern California Edison.

Under his leadership, Southern California Edison established the Scott Lindsay Memorial Scholarship Fund, in honor of the Southern California Edison employee and School of Business Alumni Board Member who was killed in a workplace shooting.

Posted: April 28, 2014

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