Former board member Lee Weiskopf has been chosen to direct Mississippi State University’s state government affairs efforts.
Weiskopf was named to succeed John Tomlinson, MSU’s longtime director of university governmental support, effective July 1 of this year. Tomlinson retired at the end of June after a distinguished 29-year career representing MSU.
In his new role, Weiskopf works with top MSU administrators and state legislators to determine how taxpayer monies are allocated to institutions of higher learning. In addition, he serves as a legislative and policy liaison to other state universities and colleges as system-wide initiatives are explored and developed.
“With a deep level of credibility, Lee has been heavily involved at the highest levels of state public policy development and will be able to hit the ground running on our university’s behalf as we seek to advance Mississippi State,” said MSU President Mark E. Keenum. “John Tomlinson leaves some very big shoes to fill as he retires, but I am confident that we have chosen wisely in bringing Lee Weiskopf home to his alma mater to continue that very important work.”
Weiskopf formerly served as director of policy for Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. Joining the Lieutenant Governor’s staff in January 2012, he was the primary contact for appropriations, finance, insurance, judiciary, public health and transportation matters.
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