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 Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research
Committee reports to: Vice President for Research and Economic Development

University policy and federal regulations require that all research involving human subjects be reviewed and approved by the University's Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research (IRB) prior to initiation of the research. This requirement applies to all human subject research conducted by faculty, staff, and students, on- and off-campus, whatever the funding support for the project. The IRB is guided in its decisions by the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (the Common Rule), published in the Federal Register on June 18, 1991, and by Federal Regulation 45 CFR 46, "Code for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research," published in the Federal Register in March 1983, and applicable ethical standards as published by professional groups and societies.

Name Title / Dept. Position Elected / Appointed Term Expires
Armstrong, Kevin Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences A 2019
Babski-Reeves, Kari Industrial and Systems Engineering, Bagley College of Engineering Chair A 2019
Baggett, David Community Member Alternate A 2019
Cobb, Nicole HRPP Officer, Office of Research Compliance 2020
Coleman, Ashley Student A 2019
Elder, Anastasia Counseling, Educational Psychology and Foundations, College of Education A 2020
Faver, Patricia Community Member A 2020
Grice, Steven Associate Director, nSPARC Vice Chair A 2020
Knight, Adam Kinesiology, College of Education A 2018
Massey, Ashley Assistant Compliance Coordinator, Office of Research Compliance Alternate 2020
Ritter, Tom Security & Compliance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer A 2018
Story, Cliff Director, Longest Student Health Center Ex-Officio A
Strickland, Kacey Director, Office of Research Compliance Ex-Officio A
Usher, John Industrial and Systems Engineering, Bagley College of Engineering Alternate A 2019
Wax, Benjamin Division of Education-Meridian, College of Education A 2020