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:
August has heralded the return of students and preparations for the fall semester at MSU. Thank you to all of the staff and faculty who helped on Move-In Day, August 8. Assisting the faculty and staff were 240 freshmen who had participated in the New Maroon camp earlier in the week. I had the pleasure of interacting with these 240 freshmen, as did a number of our faculty, and I was truly impressed. They were taught many things about MSU, including the words to the Alma Mater and Hail State. They are well-prepared to start as freshmen and are excited to be part of the 3,400 new freshmen for the fall.
Our new Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Regina Hyatt, and I were at Humphrey Coliseum to greet the new freshmen on August 8 as they got their materials to move into the residence halls. It was a great experience for both of us. Director of Housing, Dr. Ann Bailey, was on hand to smoothly orchestrate the Move-In experience. I want to thank Dr. Ann Bailey for the great job she performed this past academic year as Interim Assistant Vice President. In addition, I want to thank Bill Broyles for his outstanding service as Interim Vice President for Student Affairs. Both of these individuals performed a great service to MSU in their interim roles.
It is exciting to see the new university web page that has rolled out this week. ITS and the Office of Public Affairs have worked hard on this, and this is just the start of our new marketing campaign to highlight the great things at MSU. In addition to the new web page, ITS has developed a new attendance tracking and absence reporting platform to make attendance taking easier for professors. You can access it by using the Banner tab in MyState and looking under the "Grades and Absences" heading. I appreciate the efforts of ITS and Public Affairs to help move us forward.
If you have not had a chance to visit the Fresh Food Company, you should drop in and see the latest addition to dining on campus. It is a beautiful facility with student gathering spaces as well as space for dining. Also, construction is about to begin on the Library to add another floor to house the Grant Presidential Library and other special collections. The phrase "pardon our progress" is certainly applicable to the campus this fall with all the construction that is underway or about to start.
I hope everyone will consider attending the Freshman Convocation that will occur on Tuesday, August 18, at 5:30 p.m. in Humphrey Coliseum. One of the co-authors of the Maroon Edition book, "Same Kind of Different as Me," Ron Hall, will be our keynote speaker. It promises to be inspirational.
Best wishes for a great start of the fall semester.
Provost and Executive Vice President
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