CLARENCE E. WATSON JR., interim head of the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at Mississippi State University, has been named associate director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.

As associate director, Watson is responsible for planning and managing the experiment station's research efforts. He joins Marty Fuller, MAFES associate director for external affairs, and Vance Watson, MAFES director, in leading the research organization.

“Dr. Clarence Watson brings a unique mix of training and experience to this position,” said Vance Watson, who is also interim MSU vice president for agriculture, forestry and veterinary medicine. “I'm confident that he will provide excellent leadership as part of the MAFES management team.”

Clarence Watson will provide oversight to MAFES grants and contracts, research enhancement and federal data reporting and analysis. In addition, he will serve as a mentor to new MAFES faculty.

Watson joined the MSU faculty in 1976. He has conducted research to improve forage, row and food crops.