Artesian Resources Corp., which includes operations in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania, announced the expansion of its board of directors by appointing Michael Houghton. This decision recognizes Houghton’s areas of specific expertise as a new addition to the current board.
Houghton, a partner with the law firm of Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell in Wilmington, has extensive experience representing governmental entities, banks, trust companies, insurance companies and public utilities, including Artesian Water Co., in commercial transactions and before regulatory authorities. Houghton has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America from 2009-19.
“We are honored and excited to add Mike as a member of our board,” said Dian C. Taylor, chair, president and chief executive officer of Artesian. “His wealth of professional, regulatory and public policy experience will provide invaluable insights and benefits that will complement the skills of our board. Mike is well acquainted with our vision and mission in service to our customers, employees and shareholders, and is uniquely qualified to contribute immediately to our continued success.”
Houghton has served in numerous leadership roles with both Delaware and national business and professional organizations, including as president of the Uniform Law Commission and the Delaware State Bar Association, as well as serving on the boards of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, the Delaware Public Policy Institute, the Pete du Pont Freedom Foundation and the Rockefeller Trust Company of Delaware.
In 2017, Houghton was appointed by Gov. John Carney to serve as chair of the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council. DEFAC, which includes public and private-sector representatives, is responsible for providing nonpartisan and objective revenue and expenditure estimates to the governor and General Assembly, as well as advice on tax policy and economic trends.
“I am very pleased to join the board of Artesian, a local company with an outstanding reputation of service and involvement in our community. I look forward to working with others on the board to continue to help the company grow and prosper to the benefit of its customers,” said Houghton.