The Greater Starkville Development Partnership has name a long-time Mississippi State University faculty member and former Starkville alderman as its new president and CEO.
The GDSP named Scott Maynard as its new leader following a national search, it said in a press release.
“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 replaces Jennifer Gregory, who submitted her resignation in October after four-year-stint as CEO. He’ll start his role as the CEO on July 17.
Maynard was most recently director of the Career Center at Mississippi State University (since March 2008). He was associate director starting in 2003. Before his Career Center tenure, he was the Pro Golf Management director at MSU from 1997-2003, and was the assistant director of the university’s Cooperate Education Program from 1998 t0 2003.
Maynard also 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.
He received his Bachelor of Business Administration as well as his MBA from Mississippi State.
“I am truly excited about becoming the next president and CEO of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership,” he said. “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. More 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,”said Amos, who also chaired the search committee. “The vision and leadership he brings to the GSDP positions us for a tremendous future.”