Echoes of Lloyd-Ricks-Watson Stories


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Oral history; interview with Dr. Gary Jackson, April 24, 2012, Mitchell Memorial Library, Mississippi State University. Dr. Jackson is the Director of the Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service at Mississippi State University. Jackson was a member of the planning committee for the renovation of Lloyd-Ricks. Jackson first came to MSU in 1982 as a transfer student from Northwest Junior College. As a student, he took many classes in the Lloyd-Ricks Building. He graduated with his Bachelor's degree in 1984 and continued working at MSU on his Master's degree, finishing all the necessary work but his thesis. While working on his thesis, he became a Horticulture Instructor for the Starkville Public Schools. He received his PhD from Penn State University and returned to MSU in 1993 as an Assistant Professor in the Agricultural Communications Department. In 1996 he began serving as Assistant Dean, and in the late 90s was promoted to Associate Dean. In 2002 he became the Head of the School of Human Sciences, a position he held for eight years. In this interview, he discusses the original structure of Lloyd-Ricks, his long association with the Lloyd-Ricks Building, and the faculty and staff he has known through the years.


Semmes, Ryan, interviewer



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oral history; 1 sound cassette (48 min.) : 1 7/8 ips; 1/4 in. tape

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sound; text

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Deeply Rooted


Location: Starkville (Miss.)


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