Thomas J. Kinghorn
Thomas J. Kinghorn was vice president for Business Affairs and treasurer of Ball State from 1980 to 2009, and joined the foundation board in 1980. Prior to that time he served in various capacities in Business Affairs since 1968, including 10 years as the university’s representative to the Indiana General Assembly and Commission for Higher Education. He received his B. S. in business administration in 1965 and his M. A. in business administration (management) in 1966 from Ball State. Primary areas of responsibility as vice president included all finance, annual and long term budgeting, business services, state and federal governmental relations, human resources, employee benefits administration, accounting, operations of auxiliary services, campus facilities master planning, building construction and financing, and facilities management.
Much of the physical development of Ball State’s north academic quadrangle took place during his tenure, including the College of Architecture and Planning Building, Bracken Library, Whitinger Business Building, Bell Building, Ball Building, Worthen Arena, Health and Physical Activity Building, Art and Journalism Building, Shafer Tower, McKinley Avenue Development, Music Instruction Building, Ball Honors House, David Letterman Communication and Media Building, Park Hall, and the planning of the Gora Student Recreation and Wellness Center. After his retirement as vice president he continued to serve part time as executive assistant to the president for Commercialization and Community Engagement until 2014.
He has been an active leader in community affairs with organizations such as the United Way of Delaware County, Delaware Advancement Corporation, Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, Delaware Country Club, Professor Garfield Foundation, Cardinal Health Ventures, Cardinal Health Alliance, and TechPoint (statewide technology organization). He currently serves as chairman of the board of the Muncie and Delaware County BY5, an organization dedicated to promoting early childhood education in the community as an economic development initiative.
Kinghorn was named a Sagamore of the Wabash, a distinguished service award granted by Governor Otis R. Bowen, and is a recipient of the university’s Benny and Distinguished Alumni awards.
He is married to Nancee Kinghorn, also a Ball State graduate. They are members of the foundation’s Fellows, Beneficence, Quadrangle, and Leaders & Loyals societies. Their children, Tom Kinghorn (wife Nichole) and Debbie Linegar (husband Tim) are all alumni, and grandchildren, Noah Kinghorn and Addie Linegar are current Ball State students.