Michael Newsome was appointed Secretary of the Office of Administration (OA) by Governor Tom Wolf to begin on January 4, 2019.
As a member of Governor Tom Wolf’s senior staff and cabinet, Newsome leads the agency responsible for oversight and administration of the enterprise functions of human resources, information technology, equal employment opportunity, continuity of government and records management for nearly 80,000 employees under the Governor’s jurisdiction.
Secretary Newsome co-chairs the Pennsylvania Employees Benefit Trust Fund (PEBTF), which provides health benefits to 300,000 active and retired employees and their dependents.
Newsome previously served on the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, to which he was appointed in December 2015 and confirmed in April 2016. He brings nearly four decades of private sector business experience, including accounting, finance and management, to the Secretary of Administration position.
Newsome was a senior executive in the retail and wholesale distribution industry, serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Wolf Organization and playing a key role in transitioning the company from a traditional two-step distributor to a national sourcing company of kitchen and bath cabinets, decking and other building products. He was named a 2013 finalist for CFO of the Year by the Central Penn Business Journal.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Lafayette College in Easton, Newsome managed information and administrative systems, among other positions, in Armstrong World Industries’ Pennsylvania and Texas locations over a period of 15 years. Following that, from 1992 until 2004, he served as Controller at the York Daily Record, where he oversaw finance and accounting and human resources, including union contract negotiations and participated in the sale and transfer of newspaper ownership.
Newsome has served in past and present roles on the boards of the York County Community Foundation, Memorial Health Systems Foundation, Crispus Attucks Charter School, York County Industrial Development Authority and York County Heritage Trust, among other organizations.
He and his wife, Eloise, live in West Manchester Township, York County.