John C. Stennis Institute for Government

Welcome from the Director

On behalf of the staff, research fellows, and students of The John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development at Mississippi State University, I welcome you to our new and expanded web site.  Based at our state's land grant university, the Institute is often referred to as Mississippi's think tank, but the Institute is much more.  We are frequently called upon to provide technical assistance and consultation to state officials, local governments and community leaders regarding political, governmental, economic and community development matters.  Our mission is to enhance the capacities of state and local officials to deal effectively with today's challenges regarding many issues.  If the legislature needs a definitive study on the effects of a change in state law, a municipal government desires a compensation study or salary survey, or an association of government officials requests training on the latest legal or policy issues, the Institute responds with its wide variety of resources and capabilities.  

The Institute delivers a wide array of services and technical assistance to municipalities, counties, and government agencies, responding to the ever-changing political and economic environment.  Please take a moment to browse through our new website and contact us if we can assist you in any way.


Dr. P. Edward French 
Interim Director and Professor


Phone: 662-325-3328


2015 Mississippi Mayors' Forum

Mississippi Mayors’ Forum

The Mississippi Mayors’ Forum (MMF) is an exciting new assistance opportunity developed in collaboration between the John. C. Stennis Institute of 

Government and Community Development at Mississippi State University and the Mississippi Municipal League. The program provides a select group of 

Mississippi Mayors with access to a panel of resource professionals who will assist in the identification and development of implementable solutions to 

specific challenges impacting their community.


French Publishes Lead Article in Current Issue of Review of Public Personnel Administration

Together with a former Political Science and Public Administration faculty member, Doug Goodman, and PhD student, Tonya Neaves, Dr. Eddie French co-authors the lead article in the current Review of Public Personnel Administration journal on employment at-will.  See below for the abstract.

Program Manager Phil Hardwick Facilitates City-Wide Planning Effort

OKTIBBEHA COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI) — It all starts with teamwork and a plan, and that’s just what they were working on today Oktibbeha County.
Representatives from Mississippi State University, the business community, Oktibbeha County, Starkville city government and the Starkville School District put their heads together to chart a course for growth in the county.
The groups have been meeting separately for about a year. Today, they came together to share their ideas.

2014 Mississippi Republican Primary Runoff Elections Technical Brief

Attached is a brief from the 2014 Republican Primary Runoff.  For more information, please contact Dallas Breen @ 662.325.3328


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Breen Honored with Zacharias Distinguished Staff Award

Joseph "Dallas" Breen awarded Mississippi State University Zacharias Distinguished Staff Award, 2014

As part of the 2014 Mississippi State University Staff Appreciation Day festivities, the 2014 Zacharias Distinguished Staff Awards were given out to recognize the outstanding contributions by professional and support staff at the University.  For the first time in the Institute's history, a Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development member has been recognized as a Distinguished Staff member for the University.  Joseph "Dallas" Breen was awarded the honor as part of the 2014 Staff Appreciation Day functions, welcomed by Dr.

2014 Mississippi Republican Primary Elections Technical Brief

Mississippi made national headlines as voters went to the polls on June 3, 2014.  The state’s Republican primary match-up between incumbent U.S. Senator Thad Cochran and challenger State Senator Chris McDaniel was one of the state’s closest primary races in recent history.  As of the morning of June 4, 2014 Cochran and McDaniel were at a virtual tie, with McDaniel leading 49.5% to 48.9% with only [votes between them]. A third candidate [name] has not been included in this analysis as he failed to obtain at least 5% of the total electoral vote. The visualizations in this report were created with data where only a few precincts and affidavit votes remained to be counted...


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ARC Spotlights Stennis-led Initiative

The Mississippi Appalachia Higher Education Initiative (MS-AHEI)  is a program that works with schools, economic development agencies, and postsecondary educational institutions serving educationally and economically distressed counties in Mississippi Appalachia. Funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), with matching contributions from Mississippi State University and local communities the project has proven to be a model for success and was featured at the 2014 ARC Governors Conference. 


Tyson Elbert Named UA Education Policy Fellow

Stennis Institute of Government Research Associate Tyson Elbert has recently been named an Education Policy Fellow at the University of Alabama's Education Policy Center.  Congratulations to Mr. Elbert on this fantastic accomplishment.  For more information, please visit: