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

  • May 2015
    Dear Faculty and Staff:

    May has already brought us exciting events including multiple commencement ceremonies with almost 2,600 graduating from MSU and our annual Staff Appreciation Day. I am thankful for the growing number of MSU alumni. I commend Staff Council for taking the lead in organizing Staff Appreciation Day and all the many volunteers who made the event successful.

    Maymester is in full swing and our traditional summer school sessions will be starting in early June. The slight increase in summer school enrollments is good news and also a harbinger of the freshmen increase that we expect to see in the fall.

    I am pleased to announce that Dr. Shirley Hanshaw has taken the lead in helping MSU strengthen our relationship with Tougaloo College. This summer, Dr. Hanshaw is helping to connect Tougaloo students to research opportunities by serving as the MSU liaison to Tougaloo College. It promises to be a mutually beneficial relationship in terms of academics and research.

    Starting July 1, 2015, Dr. Meghan Millea will be serving as the Interim Administrative Dean for MSU-Meridian. She takes over the leadership in Meridian which has been handled very well this academic year by Drs. Allison Pearson and Julia Hodges.

    I am hoping that after the first of July, Dr. Hart Bailey will have all the pieces in place to begin serving as MSU’s first ombudsman. The University Ombudsman Office will serve as a resource for MSU faculty and staff by providing confidential, neutral, and informal assistance in resolution and management of work-related issues.

    My congratulations to Dr. David Shaw and others who worked hard to have MSU selected as flagship institution for the National Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems by the Federal Aviation Administration. While the primary focus of the award will be research, our academic programs will benefit as well because research/discovery and teaching/learning go hand-in-hand at a research university. Many new opportunities will be available for our faculty and students.

    This will no doubt be an exciting summer.

    With warm regards,

    Jerry Gilbert
    Provost and Executive Vice President

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