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MEC taps Stephanie Patton, Edmond Hughes

The Mississippi Economic Council has announced the 2015 and 2016 officers for Leadership Mississippi.
Stephanie Patton, Editor/Publisher of The Leland Progress, will serve as Leadership Mississippi Chair for 2015.
Edmond Hughes, Vice President, Human Resources and Administration for Ingalls Shipbuilding, will serve as Leadership Mississippi Chair for 2016.

Before purchasing the newspaper in 2011, Patton had a career in marketing and advertising in the national magazine publishing field for over 20 years.

Her last role at Time Inc. was as Vice President of its custom publishing division in Birmingham, AL. She was awarded the Time Inc. President’s Award in 1999 for revenue generation.

Patton serves as the Board President for the Leland Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of Delta Council, Past President of the Leland Rotary Club, and Secretary for the Leland Presbyterian Women.  She  is also an active member on the Mississippi  Press Association Board of Directors, United Way of Washington County Board of  Directors, the Washington County Economic Development Center Board of Directors, the Mississippi  Wildlife  Heritage  Foundation Board  of  Directors,  and  the  Delta  Cotton  Belles  Board  of  Directors.

She  holds  a  bachelors  degree  in  News  Editorial  Journalism  from  the  University  of Louisiana at Monroe. Originally  from  West  Monroe,  La.,  she  now  lives  in  Leland with  her  husband,  Kenner  Patton.

Hughes is responsible for leading all aspects of the human resources function related to the attraction, development and retention of the workforce. He was named to this position in March 2006.

Hughes has more than 25 years of human resource and leadership experience with General Motors and TRW Automotive. Before joining Ingalls Shipbuilding, he was Director of Human Resources for the North America Braking and Suspension product line of TRW which included responsibilities for all HR services for 13 manufacturing plants located in three countries.

Hughes holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Tougaloo College and an MBA from Indiana University.

He was recognized by The Sun Herald as one of the South Mississippi’s 2011 Outstanding Community Leaders. He serves on the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Gulf Coast Business Council and Jobs for Mississippi Graduates. He also serves on the board of trustees for Tougaloo College. Hughes is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Mississippi.

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