The dean of Mississippi State University’s College of Forest Resources and director of the Forest and Wildlife Research Center will take on an expanded leadership role. Effective Aug. 19 and pending formal approval by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, George M. Hopper will also serve as the dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.
Hopper has served as interim CALS dean and interim MAFES director since the administration of the four units was merged last July. A faculty-led Select Committee on Efficiencies and Innovations recommended merging the two colleges, but MSU administration decided to retain the colleges and merge only their administration.
Hopper has served as dean of MSU’s College of Forest Resources for six years. Before becoming dean, he spent 11 years as head of the department of forestry, wildlife and fisheries at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
In addition to earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees from MSU, Hopper holds a doctorate from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. A Vicksburg native, Hopper is a Society of American Foresters Fellow and a past president of the National Association of University Forest Resources Programs.