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Edward Clynch

Dr. Edward J. Clynch is a Professor of Political Science and Public Administration. He joined the Mississippi State faculty in 1981 and also taught at Kansas State University and the University of New Orleans. A native of Indiana, Dr. Clynch earned his B.A. degree from Hillsdale College, his M.A. from Ball State University and his Ph.D. from Purdue University. He specializes in state budgeting. During his career at Mississippi State Dr. Clynch held several offices in professional organizations relating to public administration. He served as president of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration and as Chair of the national ASPA section on Public Administration Education. Dr. Clynch also served as a member of the National Association of Public Affairs and Administration's Executive Council and as a member of NASPAA'S national accrediting board, The Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation. He also chaired over twenty accreditation site visits for NASPAA. At Mississippi State he served as a department head and graduate coordination for several years and as a member of the University Planning and Priorities Committee.r. Clynch has authored over 30 professional publications, many dealing with state budgeting generally and with state budgeting in Mississippi. He also co-edited two scholarly books on state budgeting. Dr. Clynch is a member of Who's Who in America. He retired in 2006 and may be reached by email at: ejc1@msstate.edu.



Taken by: Russ Houston

Dr. Diane E. Wall, Associate Professor Emerita

Diane E. Wall joined the Department of Political Science in 1983 after receiving her Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Her areas of specialization are public law and administrative law.

Diane is an Associate Professor Emerita in the political science and public administration department and Shacklous Honors College Faculty at Mississippi State University (MSU). In 1994 Diane was awarded the MSU "Outstanding Woman Teaching Faculty Award". The National Academic Advising Association and ACT awarded Diane the 1995 Outstanding Advisor Award. She received the MSU Alumni Association's "Faculty Recognition Award - Upper Division" in 2000 and her department's "Outstanding Professor Award" in 2005. In 2007 Diane was awarded the MSU "Irvin Atly Jefcoat Excellence in Advising Award". Diane is listed in various Who's Who publications including Who's Who in the World. Her service activities included being a gubernatorial appointee to the Mississippi Task Force on Local Government Information System, Chair of the Pre-Law Advisors in the College, and the department's Undergraduate Coordinator. Diane has been an officer or a board member for several Mississippi State chapter organizations, including The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. She was a member of various professional organizations, including the American Political Science Association, National Association of Women Judges, and American Society for Public Administration. Her main research was on the topic of gender differences in state Supreme Court justices' decision making. She was co-editor for the September, 2000, special issue of Southeastern Political Review on women in Southern United States politics. A book on Mississippi politics and government contains her chapter on Mississippi's legal system and she has the entry "Mississippi" in Legal Systems of the World: A Political, Social, and Cultural Encyclopedia.

Diane enjoys sports cars and dog obedience activities. She is a member of the Golden Triangle Kennel Club of MS and Obedience Chair for their annual American Kennel Club sanctioned Obedience Trials at the MSU Horse Park. Her German Shepherd Dog is actively training her in how to be an overly generous owner. As one of the Past Presidents of the Oktibbeha County Humane Society she still is involved with their activities. Diane's 1975 sports car regularly provides her challenging tasks. Diane's website, www2@msstate.edu/~dew1, is available for now. She invites former students and colleagues to contact her at dew1@pspa.msstate.edu

Contact Info

Department of Political Science
and Public Administration
Department Phone: 662.325.2711
Department Fax: 662.325.2716
Mailing Address: P. O. Box PC
Mississippi State University, MS 39762
Department Office: 105 Bowen Hall
Email address:polscipubadm@pspa.msstate.edu