The 73rd Annual Delta Council Meeting will be held Friday, May 23, 2008, and will include a featured address by political analyst Stu Rothenberg. The Rothenberg Political Report publisher and Roll Call columnist’s address will be at Delta State University’s Bologna Performing Arts Center, in Cleveland, Miss.

“We are pleased that Stu Rothenberg will address the members and special friends of Delta Council at this year’s meeting,” said Delta Council President Bill Kennedy. “I anticipate his keynote address to be both informative and insightful.”

In addition to Rothenberg’s newsletter and bi-weekly Roll Call columns, he often contributes opinion editorials to the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, and Orlando Sentinel.

His political insights have made him a respected news anchor, and he has appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press, ABC’s This Week and Nightline, and The McLaughlin Group. Rothenburg also served as a political analyst for CBS News in 2006, and prior to that, he served over ten years as a CNN pundit, which included an on-air, election-night-analysis.

Rothenberg holds a B.A. from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. He also taught political science at Bucknell University and the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

“For the last few years, Stu has spoken to Delta 1000 Members prior to the Annual Meeting, and his political insight and unbiased observations were extremely well-received,” Kennedy said. “With one of the most important election cycles in modern American history about to unfold, we felt like it was timely to have Stu address all of the members and guests of Delta Council.”

Rothenberg’s keynote address will follow a full morning’s activities, including a salute to Delta honor graduates by Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, and a report on the region’s activities and priority issues. Delta Council will also recognize those who have made significant contributions in other critical areas of Delta life.

Rothenberg’s address is scheduled to conclude at noon, when the Delta Council members and guests will move to the University Quadrangle for a fried catfish luncheon.

The 73rd Delta Council Annual Meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. This year’s meeting is sponsored by BankPlus, KBH Corporation, Land Banks of Mississippi, Morgan Keegan, Jimmy Sanders Inc., and five organizations representing “Voices of Mississippi Agriculture” — The Catfish Farmers of Mississippi, The Corn Promotion Board, Cotton Inc., The Rice Promotion Board, and The Soybean Promotion Board.