Fireside Chat

Each week Delta State University releases a Fireside Chat video to the campus, community and friends featuring President William N. LaForge. Typically a guest speaker joins the video to discuss important topics related to the university. For the 49th edition, Dr. David Breaux, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, talks with President LaForge about the upcoming academic year.

LaForge first discusses the upcoming fall semester. Move-in day is slated for Aug. 17 with classes starting the following Monday. The faculty and staff are busy preparing for the arrival of our new and returning students. There are some exciting changes in store for the fall, from the infrastructure including housing and dining to new professionals that will be leading the classrooms.

One new professional is Breaux, who began his role as dean on July 1. He was employed at Mississippi State University for 23 years before moving to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he was a professor of political science and once served as Dean of the Graduate School. He was selected by a search committee from several top candidates.

Breaux stresses the importance of engaging both students and alumni in the upcoming year and plans to work with a new advising committee to ensure student satisfaction. He recognized the family-like atmosphere at Delta State and energy of new leadership on campus, which inspired him to accept the position as dean.

LaForge notes the upcoming annual event on campus–Convocation–where the State of the University Address will be delivered on Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the Bologna Performing Arts Center. Important updates and a vision for the next year will be discussed. An update on the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi will be provided by Lucy Janoush, president of the Cleveland Music Foundation. The President of the Chamber of Commerce Michael Aguzzi will also be addressing the audience. Tune in to this session through the live stream at

To wrap up the chat, LaForge said it is not too late to register for classes, so if you have been putting it off all summer, there’s still time to do so. If you have not applied to Delta State yet, contact the admissions team or visit to reserve your seat in the classroom today.

For more information on the video series, please contact or visit the Office of the President’s playlist on Delta State’s YouTube channel.

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