Welcome

Jerome Gilbert

Welcome to the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President. We are committed to maintaining the highest standard of academic integrity and quality of our academic programs. Our goal is to facilitate the success of our students and faculty in all endeavors. Our students are engaged in learning in the classroom and in countless co-curricular activities. Similarly, our faculty members engage in all three facets of our land-grant mission: learning, research, and service. Our overriding commitment is excellence in all that we do.

Mississippi State University is emerging as one of the nation's premier public universities, one with both a local and global focus. The Carnegie Foundation has classified MSU as a Research University with Very High Research Activity and a university that is committed to Community Engagement. Our faculty and students are addressing the intellectual issues and research challenges of the twenty-first century.

We are proud that our academic programs prepare our students to be our nation's future global leaders.

Jerome A. Gilbert
Provost and Executive Vice President




Message from the Provost

  • April 2015
    Dear Faculty and Staff:

    The spring Commencement Ceremonies (scheduled for May 8 and 9) will be upon us before you know it, and we will be preparing soon for the summer. Congratulations in advance to our graduates. As we make plans for next month, I hope each of you will mark your calendars for Staff Appreciation Day on May 15 and make plans to attend and/or volunteer to help. My thanks go to Staff Council for organizing this event.

    We recently announced the Maroon Edition book for the 2015-2016 academic year. It is “Same Kind of Different as Me” by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. I hope each person at MSU will consider reading it so we can all join with our incoming freshmen to discuss and enjoy the book. I am reading it a second time and it is just as inspirational as it was the first time I read it. It is an amazing, true story.

    We have two more candidates to interview during the week of April 20 for the Vice President for Student Affairs position. I hope you will want to participate in the interviews as we select the individual to fill this very important role. Along with others, the divisions of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs perform critical work in our efforts to meet the needs of our undergraduate and graduate students and to help them feel a part of MSU. You can find information on the search at this site: http://www.vpsasearch.msstate.edu/

    Our first orientation session, Scholars Orientation, went extremely well and it appears that we are on track to have a modest yet healthy increase in student enrollment in the fall. I want to thank everyone who participated or will participate in the orientation sessions. Your efforts are vital to the functioning of the university.

    Our message to the many groups that were recently on campus for Super Bulldog Weekend was that we continue to be a university on the move. You will be seeing more indications of our successes in the weeks and months to come. - Hail State!

    With warm regards,


    Jerry Gilbert
    Provost and Executive Vice President

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Contact Information

PO Box BQ
3501 Lee Hall;
262 Lee Boulevard
Mississippi State University
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Mailstop: 9723

Phone: 662.325.3742
Fax: 662.325.4039
provost@msstate.edu