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7/18/12 - Office of Research sponsors Faculty Leadership Program

Eighteen Mississippi State faculty members are new selections for the competitive 2012-2013 Buz M. Walker Faculty Leadership Program.

Sponsored by the university's Office of Research and Economic Development, the program works to develop the next generation of campus academic leaders, among other goals. It honors the memory of the land-grant institution's seventh president (1925-30), an MSU alumnus.

"Mississippi State has a tradition of strong and effective leadership on our campus and in the communities we serve," said David Shaw, the university's vice president for research and economic development. "The Faculty Leadership Program builds on that foundation and helps outstanding faculty members further develop the skills needed to lead the university forward in its mission of teaching, research and service in the future."

During the 10-month program set to begin in September, participants will be part of various presentations and roundtable discussions with top administrators. Session topics include leadership styles, organizational change, diversity, building winning research teams, and organizational evaluation and assessment.

This year's participants include:

Sherif Abdelwahed, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering;

Matthew Boggan, associate professor of educational leadership, MSU-Meridian;

Angi Bourgeois, associate professor of art;

Cody Coyne, professor, basic sciences department, College of Veterinary Medicine;

Todd French, associate professor of chemical engineering;

Dana Franz, associate professor of curriculum, instruction and special education;

James Giesen, associate professor of history;

Mark Horstemeyer, Giles Distinguished Professor of mechanical engineering;

Isaac Howard, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering;

Lelia Scott Kelly, Extension professor at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Verona;

Kimberly Kelly, assistant professor of sociology;

Tom Lacy, professor of aerospace engineering;

Andy Londo, Extension and research professor at the Forest and Wildlife Research Center;

Karen McNeal, associate professor of geosciences;

Oliver Myers, assistant professor of mechanical engineering;

Trisha Phillips, associate professor of philosophy and religion;

Colleen Sinclair, associate professor of psychology; and

Henry Wan, professor, basic sciences department, College of Veterinary Medicine.

For more on the program, visit or contact Ray Vaughn, associate vice president for research, at or 662-325-3570.

Jim Laird | University Relations

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