Bagley college welcomes new fundraiser

Starkville native Jan R. Blaine is the new assistant director of development for Mississippi State’s James Worth Bagley College of Engineering.

Blaine is an MSU alumnus who graduated, cum laude, in 2009 with degrees in general business administration and sports communication, followed by an MBA the following year. He previously was a regional sales representative for Severstal North America before beginning fundraising duties with MSU in November 2014.

“We are extremely pleased that Jan is part of our team of development professionals,” said Jack McCarty, the MSU Foundation’s executive director of development.

“The Bagley College of Engineering has a great history of private support, and Jan’s help is invaluable in working with alumni and friends to advance MSU,” added McCarty.

Blaine joins Bennett Evans, Bagley’s development director, and fellow assistant director Paul Zimmerman in working to secure gifts for one of the 137-year-old land-grant institution’s oldest academic units. The trio is working to pair alumni, friends and corporations with giving opportunities for all engineering areas through the Infinite Impact campaign. Prospective donors may visit to find out more about the campaign and request a Guide to Giving for the university.