LaForge and Keenum Announce Partnership

Joining President LaForge is Dr. Mark Keenum, president of Mississippi State University.

In conjunction with Delta State University’s fifth annual Mayors’ Summit, held on June 19, Dr. Mark Keenum and I held a press conference to announce a partnership between our two universities that will benefit local government leaders.

The focus of this new program, titled the Local Government Leadership Institute, is to assist Delta communities in addressing governance challenges by providing local officials with the knowledge and tools needed to run their municipalities effectively and efficiently.  Well‐managed local governments are important not only to the citizens they serve, but to the businesses, industries, and other institutions that are located in those communities. The leadership, management, and infrastructure provided by local governments are key elements in a community’s delivery of services and quality of life efforts.

Delta State hosts the Local Government Leadership Institute in partnership with the John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development at Mississippi State University and the Mississippi Municipal League.

Mississippi State’s Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to bear on real-world issues, and they have been a valuable partner in developing the curriculum for the program as well as delivering the workshop sessions. The Mississippi Municipal League, which comprises a voluntary group of elected officials from Mississippi cities and towns, has been a key partner in allowing its members to earn credits in their Certified Municipal Officials Program by participating in the Local Government Leadership Institute.

Since November 2017, the Local Government Leadership Institute has provided training for more than 130 elected leaders across the Mississippi Delta. These leaders represent nearly 35 Delta area cities and towns. Through the Leadership Institute, participants have collectively earned more than 225 Certified Municipal Officer elective hours offered by the Mississippi Municipal League.

In other news on campus, final exams are taking place this week for the Summer I session. If you are interested in taking classes this summer, registration for second term summer school is open until July 3. On Thursday, June 28, we will host the second orientation session for new students. We look forward to having the newest members of the Delta State family on campus for this exciting event. If you plan to enroll at Delta State in the fall, there’s still time to register for the last orientation session, which is scheduled for July 16.

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Zack Shannon Completes Stellar Career with DSU Baseball

Joining President LaForge is Zack Shannon, who just wrapped up a stellar career as the first baseman with the Statesmen baseball team.

The Cincinnati, Ohio native racked up numerous awards over the course of two years with the Green-and-White, including Gulf South Conference Player of the Year, South Region Player of the Year, National Player of the Year, Tino Martinez Award, a finalist for the C-Spire Ferriss Trophy, and being named to the American Baseball Coaches Association All-American First-Team.

Zach made history recently when it was announced that he was a semifinalist for USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award. While Zack would not be the first non-Division I player to win the award, he is the first DII baseball player to be named a semifinalist since the final 25 list was added in 2007. The 41st Golden Spikes Award will be presented on June 28 in Los Angeles.

Zack finished his career with a .420 batting average with 50 homeruns, including 31 this season, which set a new record for the most homeruns in the state of Mississippi— passing Mississippi State University’s Rafael Palmeiro and Bruce Castoria.

In other news on campus, registration for second term summer school closes on July 3. Also, if you plan to enroll as a new student in the fall, be sure to attend one of the summer orientation sessions so that you can get registered for your classes. There are two remaining sessions, June 28 and July 16. For more information on orientation or to register, please visit our website.

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Rick Munroe, VP for University Advancement and External Relations

Joining President LaForge is Mr. Rick Munroe, Delta State’s new Vice President for University Advancement and External Relations.

Rick comes to Delta State with an impressive background in institutional advancement with more than 30 years of experience in administration, management, public relations, marketing, and fundraising.

His areas of expertise include planned giving, major gifts, annual funds, endowment fundraising, capital campaigns, and strategic planning.

He joins Delta State from his most recent position of Vice President for Alumni and Development at Trine University in Angola, Indiana. Prior to his role at Trine, Rick served as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana from 2014 – 2017.

In other news on campus, the summer orientation sessions start today, which marks one of three sessions for incoming freshmen and transfer students. The other dates are June 28 and July 16. If you are joining the DSU Family as a student in the fall and haven’t registered for orientation, you can still do so by visiting Just follow the link located on the homepage slider.

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