The Passing of a Visionary

Edward and Brenda Jagnandan at a 2012 WHA event.

(4-19-13) With deepest regret, the Wilson Housing Authority announced today that Edward R. Jagnandan, the President/CEO of the agency, died unexpectedly Thursday evening, April 18, 2013, of an apparent heart attack. He was 60. Funeral arrangements are not complete.

“We have lost a great champion for the city of Wilson and for its residents who needed a helping hand in affording their housing,” said Thomas Eatmon, Chairman of the Authority’s Board of Commissioners. “Edward was one of a kind – a force of nature in driving improvements in this community. It’s hard to imagine going forward without his leadership.”

The Board of Commissioners held an emergency meeting on Friday, April 19, 2013, wherein they appointed Patricia Ladensack as Interim Executive Director for the agency. Ladensack has served as Chief Financial Officer since 2009. “The Board is committed to fulfilling Mr. Jagnandan’s vision for Wilson,” she said following the announcement. “I won’t let them down.”

Jagnandan joined the Wilson Housing Authority in 2007 after a 36 year career in the housing business that brought him to communities all over the United States. From Biloxi, Mississippi to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jagnandan’s career was one that was constantly moving forward, driving change and improving the lives and prospects for success of the residents he served.

Jagnandan is survived by his beloved wife, Brenda (pictured above) and four children. The Housing Authority will have further announcements as more details are available.