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Anderson Regional Medical Center announces Bill Crawford to board of directors

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Anderson Regional Medical Center is proud to announce the addition of Bill Crawford to its Board of Directors.

Crawford brings a diverse business and public service background to Anderson. He currently serves as the President of The Montgomery Institute, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with a mission to serve as an innovative regional development organization for east central Mississippi and west central Alabama.

Previously he has served as deputy director of the Mississippi Development Authority, Vice President for community and business development at Meridian Community College, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Great Southern National Bank, and Editor/General Manager of three weekly newspapers.

Crawford is a member of the Board of Directors of Community Bank of Ellisville and serves on the Governor’s Task Force on Contracting and Procurement for the Mississippi Department of Corrections. He also writes a weekly newspaper column.

He is a past Chairman of the Meridian Urban Renewal Authority, the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL), the Navy Meridian Team, the Lauderdale Economic Development Authority (LEDA), and the Lauderdale Council of Governments. He also served as Governor Haley Barbour’s designee to the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Delta Regional Authority, and the Mississippi State Port Authority Commission.

Crawford founded The Montgomery Institute, named in honor of the late Congressman G. V. “Sonny” Montgomery, in 2001 through a project with The Riley Foundation. Since its inception, the institute has won two “Southern Innovator” awards from Southern Growth Policies Board, attracted over $30 million in resources to support innovative projects in the bi-state region, and helped establish a national model manufacturing training system at East Mississippi Community College.

As a member of the IHL negotiating team, Crawford helped settle the longstanding Ayers higher education desegregation lawsuit and as a member of the Navy Meridian Team he helped the community save Naval Air Station Meridian from closure.

Crawford received the Msgr. John J. Burns Award for Outstanding Community Service from the Knights of Columbus in 1995, and the Citizen of the Year award from the Meridian Civitan Club in 1993.

Crawford received a Bachelor of Science from Millsaps College and a Master of Science from Mississippi State University.

He and his wife Lynn (Campbell) are members of First Presbyterian Church of Meridian and have two children and three grandchildren.

“Bill brings a wealth of professional experience and a strong commitment to our community, Dr. Joe Anderson, Chairman of the Board commented. “We are so excited to welcome him to our Board of Directors”.

Joining Crawford as members of the Board of Directors are Dr. Joe Anderson, Dr. Shawn Anderson, Gay Hill, Jan Farrington, Dr. Keith Everett, David Vowell and Thad Quarles.

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About Ross Reily

Ross Reily is editor of the Mississippi Business Journal. He is a husband to an amazing wife, dad to 3 crazy kids and 2 dogs. He is also a fan of the Delta State Fighting Okra and the Boston Red Sox.

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