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.


President's Commission on the Status of Women
Committee reports to: President

Advises the president on issues affecting the status and role of women on campus. Sponsors appropriate studies regarding the status and role of women at the university. Sponsors informational and educational programs which serve the best interests of women and the university. Serves as an organization representing individual or group concerns of women on campus, in classroom, academic or work settings. Works with other university organizations in improving the campus climate and conditions for women. Recognizes the achievements of women through an annual awards ceremony. Publicizes information of interest to women.

Name Title / Dept. Position Elected / Appointed Term Expires
Agee, Kelly Instructor, Dean of Engineering Secretary 2018
Baham, Tracey Associate Director, Institutional Research & Effectiveness 2018
Davenport, LeRoy Program Coordinator, Student Leadership & Community Engagement 2019
Emerson, Mayah Student 2017
Fisher, Melody Assistant Professor, Communication 2018
Forbes, RaSheda Assistant Vice President for Multicultural Affairs Vice Chair
Forrester, Kylie Staff Council 2018
Gates, Diamond Graduate Assistant, Holmes Cultural Diversity Center 2019
Hill, Shauncey Director of International Research Development, International Institute 2019
Johnson, Kecia Assistant Professor, Sociology 2019
Jones, Mary Ann Faculty Senate 2019
Kathuria, Sheeji Assistant Professor, Social Sciences Librarian 2018
Keenum, Rhonda Honorary Ex-Officio
Kirkland, Brenda Professor, Geosciences 2018
Kobia, Caroline Assistant Professor, Human Sciences 2019
Owens Street, Hannah Research & Assessment Specialist, Institutional Diversity & Inclusion
Spencer, Judith Chief Human Resources Officer
White, Micah Assistant Director, Student Support Services Treasurer
Williams, Lakiesha Associate Professor, Agricultural & Biological Engineering Chair
Williams, Tiffney Administrative Assistant II, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences 2019