David R. Shaw, a veteran Mississippi State University faculty member and research scientist, is being named vice president for research and economic development at the land-grant institution. Shaw, who holds the university’s highest honorary distinction as a William L. Giles Distinguished Professor, assumes his new duties Jan. 1, pending formal approval by the Board of Trustees, State Institutions of Higher Learning. He succeeds Kirk Schulz, who now is president of Kansas State University.
Beginning his career at MSU in 1985 as assistant professor of weed science, Shaw has played a key role in the creation and leadership of several cross-disciplinary research centers that focus on the applications of remote sensing technology to resource management.
Shaw is a fellow of the Weed Science Society and, in 2008, was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Cameron University in Oklahoma and a master’s and doctorate from Oklahoma State University, both in weed science.
In a separate item, Andrew Ezell, a 24-year-veteran faculty member, is the new head of the Mississippi State University’s forestry department. Ezell assumed his new duties Dec. 1, leading the only four-year forestry degree program in the state.
A native of Linden, Tenn., Ezell holds a bachelor’s degree in forest management from the University of Tennessee, a master’s degree in forest ecology from Yale University, and a doctorate degree in forest management and wood quality from Louisiana State University.
Ezell, whose research interests include hardwood growth and regeneration, previously worked at the University System of Georgia and Texas A&M University.