LaForge Named President of Delta State University
The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning have announced the unanimous decision to name William N. LaForge (LM Class of 74-75) as president of Delta State University.
A Delta State University alumnus, LaForge has enjoyed a career in both the public and private sectors, spanning the fields of law, government, higher education and public policy. He currently serves as principal of LaForge Government Relations in Washington, D.C.
“I know the Delta State family is excited to welcome Bill LaForge back home,” said Trustee Alan Perry, chair of the Delta State University Board Search Committee. “Delta State needs a leader who understands the university, the region and how to bring people together to move the university forward. Bill’s enthusiasm, knowledge of the Delta, and love for the university made him the right choice for Delta State at this time.”
As principal with LaForge Government Relations, he specializes in federal government relations and represents businesses and other organizations with public policy interests before the United States Congress and federal executive branch agencies. For more than 35 years, he has been involved with the public policy arena at local, state and federal levels.
“I am humbled and honored that the Board of Trustees has selected me to lead my alma mater,” said LaForge. “I am excited to be coming home and to have the opportunity to help guide Delta State to new levels of success. I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. I am very mindful of the responsibilities with which I am entrusted, and I look forward to engaging and empowering all stakeholder groups to position Delta State University as a Mississippi public university of national distinction.”