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Oral history; Interview with William M. Bost, conducted on July 10, 2002 at Mitchell Memorial Library, Mississippi State University. Dr. Bost was born in Ecru, Pontotoc County, Mississippi, in 1924 and grew up on a farm. After serving in the United States Navy in World War II, Bost attended Mississippi State University and received his B.S. in General Agriculture in1949. He began his career as a Veterans Home Farm Training Instructor and then joined the Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service in 1951, serving as assistant county agent, district agent, associate director and finally director in 1962. Bost spent a sabbatical earning the M.S. in Extension Administration from Cornell University (1959) and then took night classes to earn a PhD in Administration of Higher Education from the University of Mississippi (1970). Among the honors awarded to William M. Bost during his career are two USDA Superior Service awards, the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents, Outstanding Mississippian Award, and selection as the 1980 Progressive Farmer Man of the Year. The Bost Extension Building was named for Bost when he retired in1981 after 30 years with the University. Subjects discussed in the oral history include agricultural extension work, projects and accomplishments of the MSU Cooperative Extension Service, the Bost Extension Center, rural and economic development in Mississippi, and changes in the practice and economics of agriculture and its related industries in Mississippi.

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Publication Date

7-10-2002

Time Period

2000-2009

Keywords

CHARM

Geographic Location

Mississippi

Object Type

text

Format (original)

document: 13 p.

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PDF

Digital ID

William Bost Oral History.pdf

Source

Mississippi State University Libraries, Special Collections Department, University Archives Division, CHARM Oral History Collection, Folder: Bost, William M.

Repository

University Archives

Digital Publisher

Mississippi State University Libraries (electronic version)

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For more information about the contents of this collection, e-mail sp_coll@library.msstate.edu.

Interview with William M. Bost

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