Vice President's Message

Our goal in the Division of Development and Alumni is to channel the efforts, interests and capabilities of our more than 135,000 living alumni and friends around the world to better Mississippi State University. Our two interlocking units, the MSU Foundation and the MSU Alumni Association, are set up to complement and enhance the workings of the other.

We continue to build on the university’s success through Infinite Impact: The Mississippi State University Campaign. The multi-year fundraising endeavor will secure funds for the university's strategic plan. Your gifts will count toward our overall $1 billion campaign goal and ensure our success.

Private contributions are enabling the university to provide scholarships for students whose economic situation limits their access to higher education, ensuring that students have the opportunity to put their knowledge to the test and take their critical thinking skills to the limit in state-of-the-art research laboratories, and helping us recruit the best and brightest faculty members to MSU to teach and mentor our students. Private support also allows us to maintain our beautiful campus so that it will continue to be both inviting and pride-inspiring for generations to come.

In addition to investing their financial resources, our alumni have also proven that they are willing to invest their time – volunteering countless hours each and every year to serve our university. Nearly 45,000 alumni are active members of the Alumni Association, and we have 101 alumni chapters and clubs across the world. These chapters and their volunteer leadership provide a unique, grassroots network of the MSU faithful, and we are grateful for all that the chapter members and leaders do for our university.

On behalf of the MSU Foundation and the MSU Alumni Association, I want to personally thank you for your investment in Mississippi State. I continue to be honored to have the opportunity to serve my alma mater in this capacity, and I am excited about future plans and the prospect of growing private support and alumni involvement for our university. If you have any questions about the workings of the Division of Development and Alumni, please do not hesitate to call me at 662.325.9306, drop by my office in the Hunter Henry Center, or email me at

John P. Rush
Vice President for Development and Alumni
and MSU Foundation President and CEO
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