- Associated Press - Sunday, June 7, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Glenn McCullough will officially begin his tenure Monday as executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority.

The Daily Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1dWg9lG ) the former Tupelo mayor and Tennessee Valley Authority chairman already has begun the transition in the weeks since his appointment by Gov. Phil Bryant.

60-year-old McCullough has praised Bryant, saying the governor is a nonstop economic developer himself who is an important asset to the authority effort.

McCullough is replacing Brent Christensen, who already has left Mississippi after three years as the authority’s executive director to take over as chief executive officer and president for the Greensboro Partnership in North Carolina.

McCullough was also Mississippi director of the federal Appalachian Regional Commission, which is involved in economic development efforts in Mississippi and 12 other states.

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