Academic journal article The Government Accountants Journal

Introducing AGA's President-Elect Mitch Lane

Academic journal article The Government Accountants Journal

Introducing AGA's President-Elect Mitch Lane

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Claiming that AGA's members are its greatest resource, Mitchell L. Laine, CGFM, is ready to embark on an exciting year as the next National President. Laine will succeed Virginia S. Brizendine, CCFM, this summer at the PDC -- in Little Rock.

Laine, 44, might be initially described as quietly assertive until he begins to discuss his mission as AGA's next leader. "My view is that we need to do everything we can for our members," Laine said recently.

Interviewed in his office at the U.S. Department of Education where he is the Deputy CFO and Director, Financial Services, Laine offered a glimpse of his private life as he prepares to step into the national spotlight.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh with a younger sister, he attended the University of Michigan, graduating with a degree in business and accounting. While continuing to be a loyal fan of all of Pittsburgh's sports teams, Laine stayed in Michigan after college to work for a regional public accounting firm, specializing in state and local government. After attending Wayne State University at night, he earning a MBA in 1981 and was soon off to Washington. First stop was the Office of Management and Budget and then to the education department in 1983 where he was initially selected as assistant inspector general for audit. In 1991, he became Deputy CFO.

Since joining the ranks of the Senior Executive Service in 1983, career highlights have included receiving the Distinguished Executive and the AGA Distinguished Leadership Award in 1994, for initiating changes and improvements in financial management at the education department. …

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