A prominent University of Southern Mississippi alumnus brings his experience and expertise gained in the world of business as one of the newest members of the Mississippi State Board of Health.
Edward J. “Ed” Langton (’70), CEO and Chairman of the Board of Grand Bank in Hattiesburg, was appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to the State Board of Health March 4 and was sworn in at its April meeting. Langton holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Miss and has served as president of The USM Foundation and the University’s Alumni Association.
The State Board of Health’s primary duties include providing policy for the agency; appointing a State Health Officer to operate the agency; approving the State Health Plan; and approving all rules and regulations of the agency. Langton’s term on the board runs through June 2017.
“I’m honored to serve our state on the Board of Health,” Langton said. “I’m impressed with the superb leadership of the board. They are insightful and visionary servant leaders with whom I will enjoy serving.”
State Department of Health services include monitoring diseases; protecting the environment through drinking water testing, restaurant operating permits and inspections; on-site wastewater and sewage system regulation; and ensuring proper standards of care at medical and human service facilities and through professional licensing. It also helps control the spread of disease, prevent injuries and maintain personal safety during emergencies through public awareness and education.
“A healthier Mississippi is a more productive Mississippi, and I look forward to serving the citizens of Mississippi in this capacity to help them become more safety and health conscious,” Langton said.
A graduate of Long Beach, Miss. High School, Langton is a military veteran who served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He has more than 40 years of experience in banking and finance and is founder, Chairman and CEO of Mortgage Funding Corporation, a mortgage banking firm specializing in the nationwide purchase of mortgage loans. His multi-faceted career includes experience in real estate development and investment, magazine publishing and the automotive and construction industries.
For his service to the university, Langton was inducted into its Alumni Hall of Fame in 2001, received its Continuous Service Award in 2006 and the Moran Pope Meritorius Service Award in 2012. In 2010, Langton and his family made a generous gift to Southern Miss to construct its Centennial Gateway at the main entrance of the Hattiesburg campus.
He is also active in his community, having served on numerous boards of local non-profit organizations, including on the advisory board for the DuBard School for Language Disorders at Southern Miss. Langton is also founder and chairman of IF-I Foundation, a non-profit charitable foundation.
“We are very pleased that Mr. Ed Langton has been appointed to the Board of Health. He has already participated in a meaningful way and has shown a real interest in public health,” said Mississippi State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier. “His knowledge about finances, his experience in the business world and his good common sense make him a very valuable member of this Board.”
For more information about the State Board of Health, visit http://msdh.ms.gov/.