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

  • July 2015
    Dear Faculty and Staff,

    We continue to be proud of MSU’s progress in moving up in national stature. The Office of Research and Economic Development is to be commended for working to achieve the additional new Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ (APLU) designation as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity (IEP) University. MSU is clearly making a tremendous impact on many facets of life in Mississippi.

    I am also proud of the progressive nature of the university and the leadership that we have exhibited over the years. This was recently pointed out in an official statement by President Keenum: http://msstate.edu/web/media/detail.php?id=7336. As is stated in the university’s values in our Strategic Plan http://www.msstate.edu/web/excellence/fullplan.pdf, MSU is committed to access/opportunity, excellence/innovation, communication/collaboration, integrity/accountability, citizenship/leadership, and respect.

    Construction continues on the main campus and the Meridian campus of MSU. The following projects are underway, near completion, or about to begin: the new classroom building, the pavilion north of Perry Cafeteria, the Fresh Food Company, the two new residence halls and the Center for America’s Veterans, the addition to Mitchell Memorial Library, and the Rosenbaum Building on the Riley Campus in Meridian.

    As the month of July progresses, we are getting closer to move-in day at MSU (August 8). If you have not already signed up to help move our new freshmen in that day, please visit the following site to do so: 2015 MVNU2MSU Volunteer Sign Up. The first day of class for the fall semester will be Monday, August 17. On Tuesday, August 18, at 5:30 p.m., we will host our Freshman Convocation in Humphrey Coliseum with Ron Hall, co-author of Maroon Edition book “Same Kind of Different as Me,” as our keynote speaker. All are welcome.

    I hope that the remainder of the summer goes well for you. - 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