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.


Institutional Biosafety Committee
Committee reports to: Vice President for Research and Economic Development

The existence of an Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is required by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research involving recombinant and synthetic nucleic acid molecules. Mississippi State University (MSU) has expanded the scope of the IBC to include oversight, administration and review of University policies and research involving any microorganism, biologic toxin, or other biologic material which may pose a threat to humans, animals, plants or the environment.

Name Title / Dept. Position Elected / Appointed Term Expires
Balbalian, Ms. Clarissa J. Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology & Plant Pathology Chair 2020
Brooks, Dr. John USDA ARS 2020
Huston, Dr. Carla College of Veterinary Medicine 2020
Jernigan, Mr. Curtis Community Representative 2019
Karsi, Dr. Attila Basic Sciences 2021
Lucas, Ms. Christina Community Representative 2020
Olivier, Dr. Alicia Pathobiology & Population Medicine 2021
Parsons, Mr. Michael Director, EHS Ex-Officio
Peacock, Dr. Trent Biosafety Officer (Contact Person) Ex-Officio
Pharr, Dr. G. Todd College of Veterinary Medicine Vice Chair 2020
Stokes, John Mr. College of Veterinary Medicine 2021
Story, Dr. Clifton Medical Director, Longest Student Health Center 2019
Strickland, Ms. Kacey Director, Research Compliance Ex-Officio
Thornton, Dr. Justin Biological Sciences 2019