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.


Conflict of Interest Review Committee
Committee reports to: Vice President for Research and Economic Development

The Conflict of Interest Review Committee (CIRC) reviews university research relationships for potential conflicts of interest. The committee is charged with ensuring that the personal interest of a researcher in, or commitment to, entities outside the University does not compromise or appear to compromise his or her objectivity in performing a research project, in mentoring students involved in a research project, or in reporting the results of a research project conducted under the auspices of Mississippi State University.

Name Title / Dept. Position Elected / Appointed Term Expires
Coatney, Kalyn Associate Professor, Agricultural Economics A 2021
Davis, Jenny Auditor Ex-Officio
Dooley, Kathy Professor, Counseling and Educational Psychology A 2021
Highfield, Mike Professor, Finance and Economics A 2021
Hood, Tina Interim Director, Sponsored Projects Ex-Officio
Lawrence, Mark Associate Dean and Professor, CVM Basic Science Department A 2021
Lucas, Joan General Counsel Ex-Officio
Moffatt, Bart Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religion A 2021
Spencer, Judy Chief Human Resources Officer Ex-Officio
Strawderman, Lesley Associate Professor and Endowed Chair, Industrial and Systems Engineering A 2021
Strickland, Kacey Director, Research Compliance Ex-Officio
Van Landingham, David Community member A 2021
Willeford, Ken Professor, Biochemistry, Molecular Bio, Entomology & Plant Pathology Chair A 2021
Wyman, Lynn Staff Council Ex-Officio