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Late alumnus makes largest real estate gift in MSU history

LEFLORE COUNTY — Willis Durden “Dan” McGeary left Mississippi to follow his dream of becoming a pilot, but he never forgot his connection to his home state or his alma mater, Mississippi State University. The last surviving member of a prominent Delta family, McGeary willed Sidon Plantation in Leflore County to Mississippi State University. The bequest includes 2,069 acres of ...

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MSU Foundation sets new annual fundraising record

STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State University Foundation is marking the largest private giving year in the land-grant institution’s history. Campus officials announced more than $86 million was raised during the just-ended 2012 fiscal year, an increase of more than $6 million from the previously held record of FY 11’s over $80.3 million total. A major infusion from “StatePride: An Initiative ...

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Is Barksdale's lack of economic development a concern?

There were many names in the rumor mill as possible candidates for the next executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority. Jim Barksdale was not one of them. However, Gov.-elect Phil Bryant yesterday announced Barksdale as his choice as interim MDA director. Barksdale would succeed Leland Speed, who has also been serving in an interim basis at MDA. Like Speed, ...

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Bryant taps Barksdale as interim MDA director

JACKSON — Gov.-elect Phil Bryant says he plans to name former Netscape CEO Jim Barksdale as the next interim leader of Mississippi’s economic development agency. “One of the world’s best entrepreneurs will be the next director of the Mississippi Development Authority and that man is Jim Barksdale,” Bryant said. Bryant said he wants Barksdale to conduct a review of the ...

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