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

  • November 2014
    Dear Faculty and Staff,

    This year we have many things for which to be thankful at MSU. Our athletic teams continue to bring success on the playing fields while the student-athletes continue to excel academically. MSU won the 2013-2014 David M. Halbrook Award for having the highest percentage of graduating female student-athletes among all of the public universities in Mississippi. We are very proud of our student-athletes.

    Partnering to promote student success continues to be a focus in Academic Affairs. On Monday November 10, we introduced a new Parent Portal of our BANNER system so that students can grant permission to their parents to view their educational records. By having access to this information through a student-initiated FERPA waiver, parents are able to help us monitor student progress and remind their children of the importance of going to class and maintaining good grades. The Parent Portal initiative places MSU in the ranks of progressive universities across the nation that are encouraging parents to help in promoting student success.

    The Parent Portal gives us an opportunity to place additional emphasis on reporting class absences. It is my hope that all of us will be cognizant of the fact that class attendance is of utmost importance and that attendance reporting is an extremely effective tool in promoting student success. The more current the information, the better in terms of our deployment of the Pathfinders system and other effective intervention approaches in helping our students to stay on track.

    As stated in our Strategic Plan, faculty and staff salaries will continue to be a high priority. We are looking at and addressing faculty salary compression at the associate and full professor ranks with another program to be implemented in January of 2015. Human Resources Management is also implementing a staff salary analysis to address salaries below the minimum levels in the various position categories.

    I am thankful that MSU has been blessed with such good fortune this year. Here’s hoping that we remain in the national spotlight with our success.

    Best wishes for a meaningful holiday season.

    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