Judith L. “Judy” Bonner, a longtime senior administrator and former president at the University of Alabama, is the new provost and executive vice president at Mississippi State University.
Bonner succeeds Jerome A. “Jerry” Gilbert as MSU’s provost. Gilbert was recently named president of Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va.
A native of Wilcox County in Alabama, Bonner was selected following a national search during which four finalists were interviewed by a university search committee, as well as by faculty, staff, and students in public meetings, said Keenum.
Bonner will be responsible for all academic policies, integrity of the academic mission, and academic operations of the university. She will provide direct oversight for eight academic colleges and two campuses, as well as many academic and non-academic support units.
She holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Alabama. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree from Ohio State. Her degrees were in human nutrition, and her research focused on nutritional needs of chronically ill children and eating disorders.
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