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:
It was heartwarming to see in action MSU's great tradition of service during MVNU2MSU, our move-in day for the residence halls. I was impressed that 500 faculty, staff, and members of the community volunteered their time on Saturday, August 9. All who participated are greatly appreciated for their willingness to take part in welcoming back students. Speaking of unselfish service, I also was impressed on August 12 when I stopped to talk to a few freshmen students who were volunteering as part of Service DAWGS Day. They had been in the community helping with the food bank and cleaning up Odd Fellows Cemetery. There are many definitions, but these actions reflect what is "True Maroon."
On Wednesday, August 13, I joined President Keenum and others in Gulfport at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) to announce the expansion of our engineering academic programs to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. In fall of 2015, we hope to start offering one or more engineering majors on the campus of MGCCC. In partnership with MGCCC, they will offer the first two years of instruction and MSU will offer the junior and senior years on-site at MGCCC facilities and through distance learning.
On Thursday, August 14, I traveled to Jackson Academy where I lectured to a pre-engineering class being offered jointly by MSU and Jackson State University. There are 20 high school students being taught by MSU part-time instructor Kenneth Hughey. They are excited to be MSU part-time students, and I am excited that we are able to provide this outstanding opportunity for them to earn college credit.
I want to remind you again of the Freshman Convocation which will occur on Tuesday, August 19 at Humphrey Coliseum at 4:30 p.m. All freshmen who are not in class are required to attend. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend as well. This will be a great way to commemorate the start of the academic careers of our new freshmen.
I hope all faculty will consider attending the campus-wide meeting to discuss non-traditional teaching: "The Scholarship and Evaluation of Teaching." It will be held Thursday, September 4 at 2:00 p.m. in the Hunter Henry Center. Dr. Blannie Bowen of Penn State will be the keynote speaker and he will be followed by a faculty panel. This program is being sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President and the MSU Extension Service with endorsement by Faculty Senate and the Center for Teaching and Learning.
It is a great time to be a Bulldog. Best wishes for a successful fall semester.
With warm regards,
Provost and Executive Vice President
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