STARKVILLE, Miss.--Amy Tuck, who has served as Mississippi's lieutenant governor since 2000, will become a special assistant to the president at Mississippi State University, her alma mater.
Her appointment, which has been approved by the state Board of Trustees, Institutions of Higher Learning, is effective next January once her official state duties are complete.
"Amy Tuck will bring a wealth of statewide experience to this university, which is proud to serve the citizens of Mississippi," said MSU President Robert H. "Doc" Foglesong.
"We're looking forward to the many contributions she'll make in strengthening our outreach and service missions."
A native of nearby Maben, Tuck received her undergraduate degree in political science from MSU, subsequently earning a master's in public policy and administration.
She served as a fall commencement speaker in 2006, and was recognized earlier this year as the Alumna of the Year by the College of Arts and Sciences.
"I am looking to returning to my alma mater," Tuck said. "I am also looking forward to the opportunity to work with Dr. Foglesong, the faculty, staff, students, and alumni to help Mississippi State remain one of the most respected universities in the nation."
In her new role at MSU, Tuck will interact with state, federal and private sector officials to facilitate the university's economic development efforts, provide consultation on public policy issues and interact with a variety of state, national and international organizations.
"She has unique qualifications and unique knowledge of this institution," Foglesong said.
Prior to serving as lieutenant governor, Tuck was Secretary of the Senate, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Senate, earlier serving as state senator representing District 15.
She has been a strong advocate for education, from K-12 through higher education, economic development, healthcare and protection for seniors, public safety and civil justice reforms, among others.