Mississippi State Ag. Division draws from ranks to fill key post

April 24, 2012

Agriculture, Education

Cary W. “Bill” Herndon, a long-time leader in Mississippi State University’s Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine, has been named the new associate vice president in the division.

His selection followed a national search. “Dr. Herndon’s experience made him the perfect choice to help advance our efforts to serve the university, the state and beyond,” said Greg Bohach, DAFVM vice president. “He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the three land-grant functions — learning, service and research — to the position. He is appreciated by the agricultural community for his service in academic, administrative, international, research and Extension settings.”

Since November 2008, Herndon has served as the head of the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center at Verona, which supports agriculture and forestry research and outreach activities in northeastern Mississippi. He previously served for almost 25 years on the faculty in the Department of Agricultural Economics. Assignments during that time included departmental graduate program coordinator, Cochran Fellows program manager and interim department head. He also served for three years as interim director of the Office of International Programs at MSU.

Herndon received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas A&M University and his doctorate from Oklahoma State University, all in agricultural economics. He has served as president of the Southern Agricultural Economics Association and MSU’s chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the honor society of agriculture. The chapter gave him the Extension Award of Merit in 2008. The Mississippi Association of County Agricultural Agents presented him with the 2007 Outstanding Extension Specialist Award.

“Mississippi State has research under way that will improve lives, from the heart of campus and all DAFVM locations across the state to people all around the globe. Today’s agriculture, forestry and veterinary medicine students will be tomorrow’s leaders because of the instruction they received at MSU,” Herndon said. “Through the Extension Service, we are delivering research-based information from offices in all 82 Mississippi counties to address our state’s biggest challenges including health and economic concerns.”

After approval by the Institutions of Higher Learning, Herndon will begin his new responsibilities June 1.

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