Percy Bland was born in Crystal Springs, MS. The son of two former public school teachers (Percy Jr. and Jacqueline Bland) was raised in Jackson, MS. He graduated from St. Joseph High School and attended college at Xavier University of New Orleans where he majored in Chemistry and played collegiate basketball for four years. Bland later earned his Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Bland moved to Atlanta, GA and went to work as an epidemiologist for the Fulton County Health Department. He served as a case worker in some of the poorest and most severe Tuberculosis infected areas in the city of Atlanta.
Bland returned home to Mississippi to work at the G. A. Carmichael Community Health Center. He served as human resource director and marketing specialist for the facility. He was instrumental in helping to lead this health center to new heights in increased revenues through increased efficiency and production. Under his direction this health center received the highest achievement in medical facilities, Joint Commission Accreditation by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Bland also played a lead role in increasing total staff size from 45 employees to 145 employees and from 5 locations to 14 locations within a three year period.
Bland has coached numerous basketball and baseball teams within the community. He established his own Summer Basketball Camp with over 110 kids in attendance annually. His camps are assisted by both college and professional players. Bland also helped to establish the First Tee Golf Program in Meridian, a first in the State,First Tee is a golf program aimed at improving the quality of life of children, primarily minorities within the inner-city.
Bland gained the respect and admiration of the people in Meridian and was elected Mayor of Meridian in June of 2013. Bland has focused his public service on quality of life for Meridian residents; safer streets, promoting economic and community development, working to provide every child with the opportunity for success.
Bland is married to Deidre Bland, an instructional specialist in the Meridian Public School District. They have two children Demia and Peryn.
Bland is a successful business owner with State Farm Insurance Company. Percy Bland Insurance Agency is noted in the top 3% of all State Farm agencies in the U.S. and Canada. Nationally there are nearly 18,000 State Farm agents.
Bland was tapped to serve as one the first professors (adjunct) in the Healthcare Administration Department at Mississippi State University (MSU) Meridian Campus. He co-chaired the $19.5 million dollar school bond issue for the Meridian Public School District. He played a lead role in dropout prevention programs and has mentored countless young men and women in the Meridian district. He served as the local contact person for an after school program for students at Magnolia Middle School. to help children improve in mathematics and reading comprehension.