Our Name Has Changed!

We have a new name; however, our mission remains the same.

We are officially the Alcorn State University School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, according to Dr. Ivory W. Lyles, dean and director of land-grant programs.

“The name change was necessary to allow people to recognize who we are, particularly regarding our agriculture program,” said Lyles. “The previous name was long and hard to remember. It was confusing especially to people off-campus, including our state legislators.”

Along with the name change of the School our weekly e-publication has been rebranded. The new name is Land-Grant News, a name symbolic with our mission as a land-grant institution.

The School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences prepares highly competent graduate and undergraduate students to apply their knowledge to a rapidly changing agricultural sector and for advanced training. The School consists of three academic departments: Agriculture, Human Sciences, Advanced Technologies, as well as the Center of Biotechnology.

The major objectives of the School are:

  • To implement functional teaching programs that prepare students for successful careers inAgriculture, Human Sciences, and Technology;
  • To conduct research programs that will discover new knowledge and provide better utilization of existing knowledge for the improvement of the citizens in Mississippi, the region, and the nation; and
  • To serve rural and urban individuals and families in the areas of Agriculture, Human Sciences, Technology, and other related areas through extension and research.

We will continue to provide on a weekly basis news and information from the School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. You may, also, visit our website at www.alcorn.edu/landgrant.

The name change was approved at the October meeting of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning.

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