Katharine E. Morgan is president of ASTM International, one of the world’s largest organizations for the development of international voluntary consensus standards. With three decades of experience in increasingly strategic and managerial roles at ASTM, Morgan is a respected leader in the global standards community.
After earning her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Lafayette College, Morgan began her career at ASTM supervising the standards development work of several technical committees. In 1990, she rose to become a director, overseeing several managers and their respective committees.
Morgan was named general manager of the Technical Committee Support department in 2001. In this role, she oversaw several areas, including symposia, workshops, international activities, committee services, meeting services, and contract management services.
In 2007, Morgan was appointed vice president of Technical Committee Operations. In this position, she directed a 50-member team, leading efforts to create, track, evaluate, and adjust strategic business plans for each of the division’s units. In addition, as part of ASTM’s senior leadership team, Morgan helped guide ASTM’s overall policies, finances, and partnerships. She assumed the presidency in 2017.
Morgan is one of the world’s prominent voices on standardization related issues. She is a member of the American National Standards Institute’s board of directors, the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives, the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization, the Society for Standards Professionals (SES), the American Society of Association Executives, and former member of the Standards Council of Canada’s Standards Development Organization Advisory Committee.
Morgan also holds a master’s degree in business administration from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania. Her Twitter handle is @astmpres.
Op-eds and columns by, interviews with, and articles about Kathie Morgan:
"Viewpoint: Standards professionals are crucial to business and industry success," an editorial by Kathie Morgan in Hydrocarbon Processing Magazine.
“Additive Manufacturing Standards Drive Innovation” guest article by Kathie Morgan in Trade & Industry Development magazine
Executive Q&A/Profile in Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper
“High-Quality Standards Help Ensure our Safety” an op-ed by Kathie Morgan in the United Arab Emirates’ The National newspaper
“Reportaje” Profile/Q&A with Katharine Morgan on construction standards in Latin America in Colombia’s Noticreto magazine
“Para el sector de la Construcción, los estándares son fundacionales” (“For the Construction Sector, Standards are Foundational”), an interview with Kathie Morgan in Chile's Construcción magazine
“Understanding Standards of Safety Certification for America and Its Children,” an op-ed by Kathie Morgan in an "Early Childhood Safety" supplement in USA Today newspaper
“Experts Share What’s Most important to Kids’ Safety at Home,” a Q&A with leaders including Kathie Morgan in an "Early Childhood Safety" supplement in USA Today newspaper