Lawton Langford, Class of 1978
On Friday, February 19, Maclay School honored Lawton Langford as the recipient of the inaugural Distinguished Alumnus Award. Langford is a 1975 graduate of Maclay School and served in various leadership positions including Maclay’s Chairman of the Board from 2002-04, and Chair of the Trustee committee for the $2.5 million Building of Excellence capital campaign in 2004.
"The selection of Mr. Lawton Langford as Maclay's first Distinguished Alumnus is extremely fitting,” said Maclay’s Head of School James Milford. “Lawton has been a longtime friend of Maclay School but his influence reaches so much farther than our gates. What I hope is not lost among the public accolades of Mr. Langford, the one I'm most impressed with, is a humble caring character and the size of his heart. He is an inspiring husband, father, mentor, and friend. Maclay is lucky to have Lawton setting the bar for all distinguished alumni who will follow."
Langford met with a small group of about 25 high school students and led a discussion about artificial intelligence. Later in the day, the entire Upper School assembled in the Webster Center for a formal ceremony where Alumni Association President Mary Katharine Lawler presented Langford with the award.
”Lawton Langford is receiving this award because he embodies the spirit of Maclay School,” said Lawler. “He has achieved success in his life, but he continues to think about the future and how it will impact all of us. He has been a true asset to Maclay School. “
Lawton Langford is President and CEO of Municipal Code Corporation (Municode). Municode is the nation’s leading codifier of local government ordinances and serves more than 3,500 cities and counties in 50 states. The company is considered a leader in publishing (electronic and hard copy) loose-leaf documents. Mr. Langford also serves as Managing Director of MCCi, LLC, a subsidiary of Municode that offers document and agenda management technology to its local government client base.
Mr. Langford’s civic involvement has included serving as Chairman of the Young Presidents Organization, Tallahassee Community College Board of Trustees, the Seminole Boosters, Inc., and the United Way campaign for eight counties. He was director for Tall Timbers Research Station, the Community Foundation of North Florida, FSU’s School of Information Studies and Strozier Library’s Advisory Boards and Goodwill. Additionally, he participated in Leadership Tallahassee, Class I, and Leadership Florida, Class V.
Upon graduation from Maclay School, Langford attended Vanderbilt University and graduated in 1979 with a double major in Economics and Business Administration. His post-graduate degrees are a Juris Doctor from the FSU College of Law and a Masters of Business Administration from the FSU College of Business, both of which he received in 1982. He is a member of the Florida Bar.
He and his wife Beth have two children who are graduates of Maclay, Giles ('07) and Callie Corbin ('10).