- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - P. Edward “Eddie” French has been named interim director of Mississippi State’s John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development.

French succeeds Marty Wiseman who recently retired after 22 years as the institute’s leader.

French served the institute as a Stennis Scholar for Local Government since the associate professor of political science and public administration came to the university in 2006.

Along with his MSU teaching and research duties, French serves as the graduate coordinator in the political science and public administration department.

French holds an MSU doctoral degree in public policy and administration.

French grew up on a cattle farm in Bristol, Va. He earned his bachelor’s in political science at the University of Tennessee and his master’s in city management from East Tennessee State University.

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