Provost and Executive Vice President Search

Interview Schedules and Live Streaming

To the Mississippi State Campus Community:

Our search for the new Mississippi State University provost has moved into its final phase, and the Search Committee has selected, with MSU President Mark E. Keenum’s approval, four candidates to bring on campus for interviews.

The candidates will be on campus April 27, May 2, May 4, and May 5. Further information will be released as the schedule is finalized, but please mark your calendars and plan on participating in the seminar and open forum discussion that will be held for each candidate. The Search Committee is mindful of the critical balance between individual privacy and the public’s right to know. It is our responsibility to keep constituent groups informed of the progress of the search and we are committed to that course.

To maintain the confidentiality necessary to attract top candidates for as long as is practical, the search committee will provide the university community the names and biographical sketches for each of the four candidates on the day before their individual campus interviews.


Established in 1878, Mississippi State University (MSU) is one of the nation’s leading land-grant, space-grant, and sea-grant universities. Classified by the Carnegie Foundation as RU/VH: Research Universities (very high research activity), the University enrolls nearly 21,000 students and employs more than 4,600 individuals statewide, including more than 1,300 faculty. Rich in history and tradition, the University has approximately 132,000 enthusiastic and supportive living alumni. In addition to the main campus in Starkville, the university has a campus in Meridian and instructional sites in Jackson and Biloxi, as well as an extensive Distance Education program. The University awards more than 4,000 degrees annually at the bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, doctoral and professional levels.

Reporting directly to President Mark E. Keenum, the Provost and Executive Vice President serves as the chief academic officer for MSU and is responsible for all academic policies, integrity of the academic mission of MSU, and academic operations of the University.

The Search Committee seeks a proven scholar and accomplished administrator who values teaching, research and service, and who understands the opportunities and challenges major public research institutions face. The selected individual will be student-centered, a team player, and will have an appreciation for a world-class faculty. The next Provost and Executive Vice President will be visionary, will possess exemplary communication and interpersonal skills, will demonstrate a commitment to diversity, and will be a consensus-building and collegial academic leader and colleague. The Provost will be dedicated to academic excellence and will participate fully in the life of the university, community, and state.

While applications and nominations will be accepted until a new Provost is selected, interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials to our consultant at the address below by March 1, 2016 to receive optimal consideration.

FAX: 214/2953312

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.