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NEWS RELEASE: Greater Starkville Development Partnership Announces Hiring of New President/CEO

Starkville, MS. – Following a national search, the Board of Directors of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership has named Scott Maynard as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the organization.

“It is with great excitement that we welcome Scott Maynard to the Partnership team,” said Chairman Michelle Amos. “From the start of our search, we have been committed to finding a leader for this organization who understands all of the possibilities for Starkville, someone who shares our vision and passion for this community. Under Scott’s leadership, we are confident our already strong community development program will be pushed to even greater heights.”

Maynard most recently served as the Director of the Career Center at Mississippi State University (since 2008), and previously held management positions with the University. Maynard has been an active member of the Starkville Community serving as a City Alderman and on various Boards of Directors including the GSDP Convention and Visitors Board and the Starkville Parks and Recreation Commission.

“I am truly excited about becoming the next President and CEO of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership,” said Maynard. “I believe we are on the cusp of tremendous growth for our city and look forward to capitalizing on all of the opportunities before us. The Partnership plays a vital leadership role in the areas of economic development, tourism, entrepreneurship and business development. We will work hard to continue to represent our members and enhance the quality of life for all living in our community through education, job creation and continued economic growth.”

Maynard was chosen after four finalists were interviewed by the eight-member search committee. The search process began in December, and expanded in May with the assistance of Mississippi based executive search firm, Logan Development Group. Over 75 candidates from across the country applied for the position.

“We were very pleased with the interest in the position,” stated Daniel Logan, CEO of the Logan Development Group. “There were executives from eleven states expressing an interest. We knew Starkville was going to be an attractive sell. The Partnership made a great hire.”

“Starkville, Oktibbeha County and the entire Partnership Membership will be well served with Scott as our new President,” stated Amos, who also chaired the search committee. “The vision and leadership he brings to the GSDP positions us for a tremendous future.”

Scott and his wife, Sandy, have two adult children. Maynard will begin his new role as the CEO on July 17th.