Staggers joins development team

Starkville native William “Will” Staggers has been a True Maroon fan from day one. In his new position with the MSU Foundation, Will is able to assist his alma mater as he helps others give back to Mississippi State University.

“I grew up in a family of big State fans,” Staggers said. “My dad and grandfather took me to just about every MSU athletic event possible, and my grandfather even used to check me out of school when I was really young for midweek baseball games.”

After graduating from the College of Education in 2010, Staggers joined the faculty of Quitman High School as a physical science teacher and football coach. He later returned to Starkville and spent three years in commercial insurance before landing a job with Mississippi State as an accounts payable specialist for the Department of Procurement and Contracts.

“When I was teaching and coaching at the high school level, I realized how much I wanted to get back to MSU and contribute any way I could,” Staggers said. “After reading a recent edition of MSU’s Extension Matters publication and seeing the impact the university has, I thought, ‘I’m all in; I want to be a part of this.’”

In December 2015, Staggers accepted his current position, where he is serving as assistant director of development for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Joining fundraising efforts with the colleges’ director of development, Jud Skelton, Staggers will also work with the MSU Extension Service and the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Experiment Station, both of which serve all 82 counties within the state.

"MSU is a great school with very hospitable people," Staggers said. “You’d have a tough time convincing me that there is a another school compiled of more genuine people. This university means a great deal to me, so being able to work in a position that allows me to spend time communicating with our Bulldog family about all things MSU is the opportunity of a lifetime.”

To learn more about contributing to the outreach efforts of the MSU CALS, MAFES or Extension Service, contact Staggers at 662.325.2837 or wstaggers@foundation.msstate.edu.