By Patsy R. Brumfield
STARKVILLE – Dr. Marty Wiseman says 40 years in state service is enough, and he’s set to retire Dec. 31 as director of Mississippi State University’s Stennis Institute of Government.
MSU officials were meeting today to discuss his replacement.
Wiseman, 62, has been a political analyst frequently quoted by media for many years.
“I enjoy what I’m doing,” he said today, “but I’ve got six grandkids and a seventh on the way. And I’ll be 63 in April.”
He aims to continue his relationship with MSU as a part-time teacher, a role he said he really loves.
An admitted Democrat, Wiseman said it’s gotten more and more difficult to avoid political blow-back from more conservative quarters.
“It’s just harder to dodge and weave,” he said about criticism for his comments and analysis as it relates to federal and state government. “The political environment has passed me by.”
Any other professional choices will depend on “my ability to say exactly what I think,” he noted.
Wiseman began his state service in 1974 as a young aide to Jim Buck Ross, the legendary state agriculture commissioner.
He said his first responsibility was to buy himself a pair of cowboy boots and a cowboy hat to help Ross advance a grass-fed beef program.
“I didn’t know anything about that, but we had a great time,” Wiseman said.