AFTER SERVING as interim vice president for almost two years, Vance Watson is officially now the Vice President for Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine; Director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station; and Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Mississippi State University.

Watson was chosen for the position Nov. 20 by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning.

“Over the past 23 months in which he has served as interim vice president, I have received many expressions of support for Dr. Watson as the permanent vice president,” says J. Charles Lee, president of Mississippi State University.

As interim vice president, Lee says, “Watson has generously embraced a new vision for the division, reallocated significant levels of resources to higher priorities through the Retirement Incentive Program, and provided outstanding leadership in implementing performance-based planning, budgeting, and goal setting. He has also fully consolidated the roles of vice president, director, and dean, which has contributed to more efficient and more collegial operations within the division.”