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

  • October 2015
    Dear Faculty and Staff:

    In September and October, I have conducted several meetings with faculty in the format of Coffee with the Provost. These have been very engaging, and we have touched on a number of things. One issue discussed was improving the message to our non-majority students of MSU's commitment to inclusiveness. I hope I can continue these discussions on a larger scale as we continue to embrace diversity as a university.

    As was briefly mentioned in my May message, we now officially have an Ombudsman for the university in the person of Dr. Hart Bailey. Associated with the position is a physical location in the Howell Building and a university website at http://www.ombuds.msstate.edu/. From the website: "The MSU Ombudsman serves as a neutral resource providing confidential and informal assistance to . . . staff and faculty, to express concerns, identify options to address workplace conflicts, facilitate productive communication, and surface responsible concerns regarding university policies and practices." To reach Dr. Bailey, you can call 662-325-5172.

    Starting in the fall of 2015, the university implemented progress grade reporting in place of our previous midterm grades. The first progress date for grade reporting was September 28 and the second reporting date is October 23. It is anticipated that these grade reportings, which are optional but highly recommended, will allow us to assist students in keeping them on track academically. However, several faculty members have expressed concerns about the amount of time that may be required for this new process, especially if these grades are kept in MyCourses. To make the grade submission process easier for faculty, ITS has developed a fact sheet: "Exporting Progress Grades from myCourses into myBanner" which can be found at https://www.its.msstate.edu/files/ProgressGrade.pdf. We hope that this will make the process easier for reporting grades. ITS will continue to explore ways to automate this process.

    Dr. Keenum and I both thank you for your assistance with reaching an all-time record enrollment of 20,873 students for the fall semester. We continue to grow in size and quality as a university.

    With warm regards,

    Jerry Gilbert
    Provost and Executive Vice President

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Contact Information

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Mississippi State University
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Mailstop: 9723

Phone: 662.325.3742
Fax: 662.325.4039