The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning announced today the unanimous decision to name William N. LaForge as president of Delta State University. A Delta State University alumnus, LaForge has enjoyed a career in both the public and private sectors, spanning the fields of law, government, higher education and public policy. He currently serves as principal of LaForge Government Relations in Washington, D.C.
“I know the Delta State family is excited to welcome Bill LaForge back home,” said Trustee Alan Perry, chair of the Delta State University Board Search Committee. “Delta State needs a leader who understands the university, the region and how to bring people together to move the university forward. Bill’s enthusiasm, knowledge of the Delta, and love for the university made him the right choice for Delta State at this time.”
LaForge served as senior legislative counsel to Republican and Democratic lawmakers in both houses of Congress. He was chief counsel of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and culminated his government career as Chief Legislative Counsel and Chief of Staff to United States Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi. Previously, he served as Congressional Liaison for the Peace Corps and as a legislative assistant to Mississippi Congressman David Bowen. He has also advised and organized political campaigns for major office holders in both political parties.