Search committee in place for MSU vice president for research and economic development

Contact: Sid Salter

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State President Mark E. Keenum on Monday [Jan. 13] provided the campus community with an update on the search for the university’s next vice president for research and economic development.

A 21-member search committee now in place includes 10 elected faculty and 11 faculty, staff and administrative members appointed by Keenum. Chaired by MSU Vice President for Student Affairs Regina Hyatt, the committee will hold its initial meeting on Friday [Jan. 17].

In addition to Hyatt, members of the committee are:

Angi Bourgeois, Dean and Professor, College of Architecture, Art, and Design

Trey Breckenridge, Director, High Performance Computing Collaboratory

Art Cosby, Director and Professor, Social Science Research Center

Dipangkar Dutta, Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences

Mark Fincher, Associate Professor, MSU-Meridian Division of Education

Ra’Sheda Boddie-Forbes, Assistant Vice President for Multicultural Affairs and Director, Holmes Cultural Diversity Center

Charles Freeman, Associate Professor, School of Human Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station

Robert Grala, Professor, Department of Forestry, College of Forest Resources and Forest and Wildlife Research Center

Hans Herrmann, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, College of Architecture, Art and Design

Carla Huston, Professor, Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine

Mary Ann Jones, Associate Professor, Mitchell Memorial Library

Margaret Khaitsa, Professor, Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine

Billy Klauser, Associate Director, Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE)

Bob Otondo, Associate Professor, Department of Management and Information Systems, College of Business

Shahram Rahimi, Professor and Head, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Bagley College of Engineering

John Rush, Vice President for Development and Alumni

Nancy Siegert (ex officio), Chief Human Resources Officer, Office of Human Resources Management

Kasey Strickland, Director, Office of Research Compliance

Jerry Toney, Treasurer, MSU Alumni Association National Board of Directors

Carol White, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, College of Education

A search website is available at and includes instructions on how to apply.