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
Dear Faculty and Staff,
My thanks go out to everyone who helped with the visiting team from Phi Beta Kappa. Despite the bad weather that caused some minor travel delays, the team had a very good visit on our campus. We are optimistic that the next steps will go well. Impending weather conditions also caused us to close the university for two days in early February. Our teaching faculty is advised to compensate as necessary for any missed class time to ensure that the class outcomes and learning objectives are met.
The construction on the new classroom building began in February. I hope that you will enjoy seeing the building take shape over the next 20 months as we build this new state-of-the-art facility to support our instructional mission. We hope to schedule our first classes in the building in 2016.
We continue to focus on improving the overall success of students at MSU. Dr. Rodney Pearson is now working half time with my office as a Coordinator of Academic Success to help improve strategies for higher retention and graduation rates. This fall we will be rolling out a new one-hour seminar designed to help students make the transition to university life and to assist them in becoming more connected with the campus. Also this fall, we will implement our first Freshman Convocation to commemorate their academic journey toward completing college and preparing them for the future.
On Thursday, February 20, the Board of Trustees of the Institutions of Higher Learning honored Dr. Rani Sullivan as the “Diversity Educator of the Year” for the IHL system. Dr. Sullivan is an associate professor of Aerospace Engineering and was the 2013 MSU Faculty Diversity Award Recipient. Her acceptance can be viewed at this link (at 32:10) http://www.mississippi.edu/board/webcast/embed_140220.asp She captivated the audience and received a standing ovation. Her view of diversity and her reflections on MSU were inspirational. Dr. Sullivan’s recognition follows a recognition earlier in the week by the Mississippi Legislature of Grisham Master Teacher Kim Walters and Student Association President Michael Hogan as the 2014 faculty and student HEADWAE recipients from MSU. http://www.msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=6483
As we finish out the month of February, I am hoping for nicer weather for the rest of the semester.
With warm regards,
Provost and Executive Vice President
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