The Stennis Center for Public Service Board of Trustees held their annual meeting today in Washington, D.C., where they elected U.S. Congressman Gregg Harper to serve as the new chairman of the board.

Among other goals, the Stennis Center seeks to attract young people to careers in public service, to provide training for leaders in or likely to be in public service, and to offer development opportunities for senior Congressional staff.

Rex Buffington, Executive Director of the Stennis Center said, “The Stennis Center is proud to have Rep. Harper as its new chairman.  Mr. Harper represents the very best in public service, which is the core mission of the Center.  We are grateful for his leadership as the Center prepares to mark its 30th anniversary this year, and we look ahead to training today’s leaders for tomorrow’s challenges with Mr. Harper at the helm.”

Upon being elected chair, Congressman Harper said, “I’m so honored to serve this organization as chairman because it embodies the legacy of Mississippi’s former Senator John C. Stennis. Senator Stennis served our state and our nation with great distinction for over 41 years as a U.S. Senator, ultimately becoming President Pro-Tempore, third in line of succession to the presidency. Senator Stennis had a passion for fostering leadership and promoting public service, two objectives that I am passionate to pursue. He would be proud of the work that the Stennis Center for Public Service continues to do and the impact that its programs have on developing the leaders of tomorrow.”

Congressman Greg Harper Press Release