Dr. Brian Pugh has been named by the Stennis Center Board of Trustees as the next executive director of the Stennis Center for Public Service. Pugh currently serves as deputy executive director of the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration and has previously served as fiscal policy advisor and director of finance for the Governor and as legislative budget analyst for the Legislative Budget Office. He worked for the Stennis Center while a student at Mississippi State University 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 Administration from Mississippi State University and a Ph.D in Public Policy and Administration from Jackson State University, where he currently teaches as an adjunct professor. Pugh has served as president of the Mississippi Heritage Trust and is on the boards of the Mississippi Historical Society, the Mississippi Humanities Council, Mississippi Kids Count, and the Mississippi Public Broadcasting Foundation. He is author of an upcoming book, “Chaos and Compromise: The Evolution of the Mississippi Budgeting Process.”

Dr. Pugh and his wife, Dominique, are parents of two daughters: Robin, age 7, and Mae, age 1.

He will become executive director in the Spring, replacing the founding executive director of the Stennis Center, Rex Buffington, who has served in that position 30 years.