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,
I continue to be excited about the accomplishments of the students, staff, and faculty at MSU and the opportunities that continue to unfold for MSU. In the second week of July, I visited the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C. to continue exploring study abroad and research possibilities in Italy as was recently cited in Dr. Shaw’s “Dear Colleagues” letter. In the same week, I visited Tougaloo College in Jackson, MS with two deans to develop collaborative undergraduate and graduate student opportunities with our two institutions. The university is also preparing a joint offering with Jackson State University of a pre-engineering course for college credit at Jackson Academy this fall.
Our student (and faculty) activities outside the United States have continued to expand through the efforts of the Office of Study Abroad in the International Institute. We had 241 MSU students studying abroad last year which was an all-time high, 21% higher than the peak two years ago. We have also seen more interest and involvement in international internships through our association with the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. I was so proud to read the blogs this summer of MSU students Naomi Taylor in Malawi and Bailey Martin in Chile, both working with FAO field offices. These experiences have been fabulous for our students, and these two students have had the opportunity to show the world that MSU students are independent, highly talented, and committed to making a real difference in the world in which we and 7.5 billion others live. I would encourage you to take a look at these two blogs: http://naomiislilongwefromhome.tumblr.com/ for Naomi and http://baileylizzz.tumblr.com/ for Bailey. They and others are demonstrating the world-class education and co-curricular opportunities afforded MSU students.
I hope that you will consider attending Freshman Convocation on Tuesday, August 19 at 4:30 PM in the Humphrey Coliseum. Freshman Convocation is a new tradition at MSU and serves to impress upon incoming freshmen the importance of academics and officially welcome them to the university. The President, Provost, and Academic Deans will be present in regalia, and freshmen will receive a class coin signifying their entrance into the class of 2018. The event is the formal induction ceremony of the freshman class into Mississippi State University, much as commencement serves as the event signifying the culmination of their studies.
The renovation of Lee Hall is nearing completion with our office scheduled to move from Allen Hall July 18-21. We expect some interruption to normal operations on these dates and appreciate your patience during this time of transition. The physical address of the office will be 3501 Lee Hall; 262 Lee Boulevard. Our phone numbers, mailing address, and mailstop will remain the same.
With warm regards,
Provost and Executive Vice President
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