Dr. Brian Pugh is the executive director of the Stennis Center for Public Service. Dr. Pugh previously served as deputy executive director of the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration, as fiscal policy advisor and director of finance for the Office of the Governor, and as a legislative budget analyst for the Legislative Budget Office. He worked for the Stennis Center as a student at Mississippi State University (MSU) and briefly after graduation before beginning his career in state government.
Dr. Pugh received an undergraduate degree in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy and a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Public Administration from MSU and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Jackson State University, where he also taught as an adjunct professor for the College of Public Service. Additionally, Dr. Pugh teaches a course on Public Service and Civic Engagement for the Shackouls Honors College at MSU.
He also received a Certificate in Public Financial Management from the Center for State and Local Finance at Georgia State University.
He was nominated by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and confirmed by the Mississippi Senate to serve on the board of the Mississippi Home Corporation, which is a state-chartered authority established to help meet affordable housing needs. He also serves as a member of the Association for Budgeting & Financial Management and the American Society for Public Administration.