Baptist Names Whit Hughes Chief Development Officer and Foundation President

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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Whit Hughes has joined Baptist Health Systems as the chief development officer and president of the Baptist Health Foundation, the philanthropic division of Baptist.

Baptist Health Systems CEO Kurt W. Metzner said, “Whit’s fund-raising experience coupled with his economic development leadership will be indispensable to Baptist as we raise funds in support of state‐of‐the‐art technology and leading‐edge programs emphasizing our mission to provide a Christian healing ministry to our community.”

Recently, Hughes was founder and president of P3 Elevations, LLC, an economic development and strategic consulting firm. He previously served as deputy director and chief operating officer for Mississippi Development Authority.

“Baptist Health Systems plays such a meaningful role in Mississippi communities. I am proud to join this leadership team and excited about our daily opportunities to make a positive difference through the Baptist Health Foundation,” added Hughes.

Hughes received both his undergraduate degree in marketing and a Master of Business Administration from Mississippi State University.

He resides in Madison, Miss. with his wife Shelley, their two sons and one daughter.

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