Standing Committees


Mississippi State faculty, staff, and students bring a wealth of talent and expertise to the university in a broad range of subjects. Collectively, the people of Mississippi State offer a valuable knowledge resource the university can draw on in making decisions on a wide array of issues and in planning for an increasingly complex future. The structure that allows this reservoir of human potential to be applied to specific problems is the university's system of standing committees and councils.

Committees deal with a wide range of issues. They give advice and counsel on computers, curricula, and facilities use. They provide an avenue for the entire university community to have a voice in the operation of the institution, and in setting its direction.

This website lists each of the standing committees and councils and their memberships. Committee assignments become effective August 1 of each year. Appointments typically are for terms of not more than three years, although successive appointments may be made. The year in which an individual's appointment to a particular committee expires is shown. Individuals whose university titles are given in lieu of an expiration date serve on that committee by virtue of their position or special expertise, and are appointed for indefinite terms.

Please provide suggestions through committee channels on how the functioning of committees at the university can be improved.

Please send updates or corrections to Jim Laird.


Undergraduate Research and Creative Discovery Committee
Committee reports to: Provost and Executive Vice President

The Committee on Undergraduate Research and Creative Discovery coordinates opportunities for undergraduate students to engage with faculty members in activities associated with knowledge discovery. A major opportunity for undergraduates in a Research University is to be engaged in creative discovery and research. The committee will establish a physical presence on campus and electronic access for students to match their possible interest with existing opportunities to work with faculty members. Members are selected by the Provost and Executive Vice President by nature of their position on campus and serve for an unspecified term.

Name Title / Dept. Position Elected / Appointed Term Expires
Chrestman, Angie Director of the Career Center A
Cunetto, Stephen MSU Libraries A
Dunne, Jim Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Co-Chair A
Gammill, Teresa Assistant Vice President for Research A
Hall, Greg Associate Dean, College of Architecture, Art & Design A
Hamilton, Drew (John) Director of Center for Cyber Innovation A
Jayroe, Terry Associate Dean, College of Education A
Jones, Mary Ann Vice President, Robert Holland Faculty Senate A 2019
Lawrence, Mark Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, College of Veterinary Medicine A
Munn, Giselle Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences A
Munn, Ian Associate Dean, College of Forest Resources A
Oppenheimer, Seth Director of Undergraduate Research, Shackouls Honors College A
Rais-Rohani, Masoud Associate Dean for Research, Bagley College of Engineering A
Rogers, Kevin Associate Dean, College of Business A
Ryan, Peter Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Co-Chair A
Willard, Scott Associate Dean, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences A