An Academic Affairs UpdateDear Colleagues

December 2019

Season's greetings from the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President. We find ourselves at the end of another successful semester at Mississippi State University, but before it draws to a close and we officially start winter break, please let me share an update with you.

Commencement... from a new perspective

I have had the privilege of participating in many commencement exercises as a student and faculty member, but last week, I was able to experience commencement from a new perspective as provost. It was a great honor indeed to help lead such a special experience for our newest graduates and their families and friends. I appreciate the hard work and dedication of so many of you who contributed to our three outstanding graduation ceremonies in Meridian and Starkville. Read more at

Bachelor of Applied Science moving forward

I continue to be quite proud of our institution in the way that it has embraced the opportunities our new BAS program are bringing. To date over two dozen concentration areas in nearly every college have been proposed. This program is designed to meet the needs of a population in our state that had previously not been able to access a four-year college degree, and is an excellent example of the way that MSU, as the state’s land-grant institution, is meeting the needs of our citizens. Please keep the ideas coming in regard to this program!

ASBMB awards full accreditation to biochemistry

In November, we learned that our Bachelor of Science degree program in biochemistry received full accreditation from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. This achievement reflects the outstanding work of our faculty and staff in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology, and it’s great news for our biochemistry graduates, who are now eligible to sit for the ASBMB certification exam. I congratulate and thank department head Jeff Dean and our faculty who prepared the application: Greg Bohach, Ashli Brown Johnson, Florencia Meyer, Aswathy Rai, Darrell Sparks, and Carrie Vance.

Kudos and congratulations

Every month, I look forward to sharing faculty and staff success stories with you, and here are a few that have crossed my desk recently:



During this special time of year, we wish you happy holidays and all the best in the upcoming new year. If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, please feel free to contact me at

Merry Christmas and Hail State!


Dr. David R. Shaw is Provost and Executive Vice President at Mississippi State University. His email address is