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French named MSU political science, public administration department head – Mississippi State Newsroom

Contact: Karyn Brown

STARKVILLE, Miss.—A longtime faculty member in Mississippi State’s College of Arts and Sciences is the new permanent leader of its Department of Political Science and Public Administration.

Professor P. Edward “Eddie” French has served the PSPA department on an interim basis since 2016.

“I believe Dr. French will bring much to the department, and I am excited at the prospect of his leading the department going forward,” said Rick Travis, College of Arts and Sciences interim dean and political science professor.

French has held multiple positions in the PSPA department since joining the MSU faculty in 2008.  In addition to teaching, he has served as the department’s graduate coordinator, as well as executive director of the university’s John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development.

French said his past leadership roles have familiarized him with all aspects of the PSPA department, and he’s confident that knowledge will serve him well in his new role.

“I hope to lead the department in finding new and innovative ways to offer classes and share research around the country and world,” he said.

French described MSU’s PSPA undergraduate program as one of the College of Arts and Sciences’ leading programs. The department, he said, continues to grow and gain national recognition through programs such as the Mississippi Model Security Council and the Stennis/Montgomery Association.

MSU is listed among U.S. News and World Report’s Top 100 Best Public Affairs Schools for its master’s degree program in public policy and administration.The PSPA department’s doctoral program also is recognized throughout the Southeast.

Additionally, the department has continued to place graduates in tenure track positions and administrative positions at universities nationwide, including Appalachian State University, Boise State University, the University of Mississippi, Virginia Tech and Cornell University.


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