Jim Laird, a Starkville native and longtime writer and editor, has been promoted to research and executive support editor for Mississippi State University. He is assuming the duties of Joe Farris, who is retiring.
Laird will provide key research and writing executive support for the Office of the President and serve as the liaison to the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning and the board’s administrative staff. He will continue to promote MSU’s research and economic development initiatives for the Office of Public Affairs and coordinate communication for the Office of Research and Economic Development.
Previously, Laird was editor of the Jackson-based Mississippi Business Journal where his editorial writing won gold and silver awards from the Alliance of Area Business Publications.
A graduate of Starkville Academy, he holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Mississippi College. Laird and his family live in Starkville, where they are members of The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection.
His wife, Harriet, is associate director of Public Affairs at MSU, and daughter Hannah is a sophomore microbiology major and member of Kappa Delta sorority. His daughter Harper is a junior at Starkville High School.
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