- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi State University will dedicate a new research center for former school president Malcolm Portera.

The Malcolm A. Portera High Performance Computing Center will be located in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park. The dedication is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday.

In addition to Portera, other speakers will include current President Mark E. Keenum; David Shaw, MSU’s vice president for research and economic development; and Trey Breckenridge, director of the Portera Center.

Portera was the school’s 16th president from 1998-2001. He worked to expand MSU’s research and development programs and its role in economic development.

Portera has a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from MSU. He has a doctorate from the University of Alabama. He was chancellor of the University of Alabama System for 10 years.

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