Ford now leading MSU’s building construction science program

George Ford (Photo by Logan Kirkland)

Contact: Christie McNeal

STARKVILLE, Miss.—A longtime educator and licensed professional engineer is the new director of Mississippi State University’s Building Construction Science program.

George D. Ford comes to the state’s leading university after serving 14 years in the construction management program and the College of Engineering and Technology at Western Carolina University in North Carolina, where he earned a doctorate in educational leadership.

In addition to 18 total years of teaching at the post-secondary level, Ford is bringing 15 years of industry knowledge to his new role at MSU. His project management and industrial experience includes corporate work, as well as commercial and industrial construction.

Prior to moving into academia, Ford served as a U.S. Army infantry officer (reserves) and an industrial manager. A Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional, he also holds a master’s degree in environmental engineering (Civil) from the University of South Carolina, as well as a master’s degree in business administration and bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Clemson University. For additional biographic information, visit

Ford, who also will serve as a professor in MSU’s BCS program, said “I am excited about the opportunity to lead and teach in one of just two studio-based construction programs in the nation.” Graduating its first class in 2012, the program currently is a candidate for accreditation with the American Council for Construction Education. He said one of his top priorities is working with BCS students and faculty to help the program reach this important milestone.

“Maintaining the collaborative relationships and incredible support the program receives from industry partners will be another priority,” Ford said.

Angi Elsea Bourgeois, dean of MSU’s College of Architecture, Art and Design, said Ford’s extensive experience in industry and academia will serve the BCS program well as it continues to grow its student and faculty strengths.

“This is an exciting moment for the Building Construction Science program,” Bourgeois said in making the recent announcement. “Dr. Ford’s dedication and enthusiasm for our program will foster excellence among our faculty, collaboration with all stakeholders, and continued success for our students as future leaders in the discipline.”

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