University projects on track, Gilbert says

In his latest update for the Mississippi State University community, Provost and Executive Vice President Jerry Gilbert offers an update on new residence hall construction, classroom building planning, the university's strategic plan, and more:

Dear Faculty and Staff:

The month of March marks the two-year point in my continuing tenure as Provost and Executive Vice President. It is a deep honor and privilege to be able to serve my alma mater in this capacity. I continue to be grateful for this opportunity.

During the first two days of March, Mississippi State hosted the second annual Diversity Conference on our campus through the auspices of the President's Commission on the Status of Minorities. The conference highlighted the importance of having diverse thought and culture in an educational environment and the fact that promoting diversity and excellence are mutually congruous and complementary pursuits. At MSU, we remain stalwartly committed to both excellence and diversity.

Construction is on schedule for the two new residence halls south of Rice Hall. They will be named Oak Hall and Magnolia Hall and will be completed in time for the fall 2012 semester. Planning continues for the new classroom building and for a replacement facility for Aiken Village.

The President's Committee on Planning is currently reviewing the public comments that have been submitted through the website for the university's strategic plan. It is our intent to finalize the plan by the beginning of the fall semester.

I hope that each of you has a great second half of the spring semester.

With warm regards,

Jerry Gilbert
Provost and Executive Vice President

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