The Commercial Dispatch reports the Board of Aldermen has hired William L. "Bill" Snowden.
The board set his salary at $75,000.
Snowden earned a master's degree in political science and public administration from Jacksonville State University in Alabama in 1971 and received a master's degree in city planning from Georgia Tech in 1977.
He served in numerous economic development capacities for Tuscaloosa for 10 years and worked in planning departments in Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina.
Snowden said his first priorities are to meet city employees and others interested in development in Starkville.
Continuing his development career in a college town made the job attractive, he said.
"I love college towns and their atmospheres and lifestyles. You've got a better advantage here being a leg up in long-range planning — that's something only university towns like this can offer," Snowden said.
Mayor Parker Wiseman said Snowden is a good match for the city.
"(Snowden) spent much of the last decade being part of an era of unprecedented growth in Tuscaloosa. Frankly, I'm excited that someone with his credentials and track record was interested in joining the city," Wiseman said.