Governor Phil Bryant appointed Glenn McCullough, Jr. to lead the Mississippi Development Authority in May 2015. In this position, McCullough oversees team members who provide support for communities, businesses, industries and leaders to help them reach their goals in Mississippi.
McCullough is a former chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority, first nominated to the board by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 1999. President George W. Bush appointed McCullough chairman of the TVA board of Directors in 2001, a position he held until November 2005. McCullough is also a former director of the Appalachian Regional Commission and former mayor of Tupelo, Miss.
During his tenure with TVA, the utility earned national recognition for its economic development efforts and launched its megasite program. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, Mississippi’s second original equipment manufacturer in the automobile industry, is located on a TVA megasite.
From 1993 to 1997, McCullough served as executive director of the Appalachian Regional Commission. The ARC is a federal-state partnership that focuses on economic development in 13 states.
McCullough was elected mayor of Tupelo, Miss., in 1997 and served until his appointment to TVA. During McCullough’s service as mayor, Tupelo was named an All-America City by the National Civic League. Under McCullough’s leadership, the city launched the 50-acre Fairpark District, which includes major revitalizations, community amenities and business locations.
McCullough holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Mississippi State University. He and his wife Laura have two sons and four grandchildren.