Luther Ott is an attorney, an Episcopal priest, and a farmer, and he has a long history of service to the Community Foundation.
A 1971 graduate of Millsaps College, he was later named to the Millsaps College Sports Hall of Fame, honored as Alumnus of the Year in 2012, and awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the College in 2015.
Ott attended Law School at the University of Mississippi and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Mississippi Law Journal. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and all state and federal courts in Mississippi and has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Elected as a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation, Ott served as its President in 1989-90 and was also recognized by the University of Mississippi School of Law with the Law Alumni Outstanding Public Service award in 2000.
While still practicing law, he began seminary at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts and was awarded a Masters in Theological Studies in 1996. Ordained in 1998, Ott has served six parishes in the Diocese of Mississippi as either Rector or Interim Rector and has also served on the Executive Committee, as a Title IV Advisor, and as President of the Standing Committee of the Diocese.
Ott’s previous community service includes Stewpot Community Services (President of the Board of Directors, 1991-1993; Executive Director, 1998-2003); the Community Foundation for Mississippi (President, CEO, and Board Chair); and Millsaps College (member of the Board of Trustees for many years and Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Hospice Ministries of Mississippi.
Since 1970 he has been married to Rev. Janet Sanderson Ott. They have been blessed with two children and six grandchildren. When not otherwise engaged, they enjoy tending to their cattle and enjoying their farm in Edwards.