A Message From the Director of Development


Dear Friends,

I began my role as the director of development in the College of Veterinary Medicine on May 1 and to say I am excited about this opportunity is an understatement. I view the CVM as a point of pride not only for Mississippi State University, but for the entire state. The college embodies the learning, service and research mission of Mississippi State. Students are being prepared to enter the workforce so that they may be prosperous for themselves and their families. There are lives that are saved and improved every day under the roof of the Wise Center. Faculty are conducting groundbreaking research with global implications. We can all be proud of the life changing work happening in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

The Joe Ann Ward Critical Care Unit and the Dr. Hugh G. Ward Endowed Chair are gifts that have made a tremendous impact on the animal hospital. The Marcia P. Lane Endowed Chair of Humane Ethics and Animal Welfare promotes the humane treatment of animals. The Dr. Mikell and Mary Cheek Hall Davis Endowed Professorship works with cattle farmers to address their challenges and increase production and marketability. These endowments are examples of gifts that are directly affecting a few people, but indirectly are having an impact on tens of thousands of both people and animals.

There are noteworthy projects such as the Mobile Units, Safe Haven for Pets, the CARE fund, Homeward Bound and Vet Camp that provide opportunities for success and learning that otherwise would not be possible.

We have received students from all over the globe that are here because of annual and endowed scholarships.

The college is filled with opportunities for people to make a difference in the lives of others. As I walk around the Wise Center, I see numerous naming opportunities such as the auditorium, classrooms, faculty suites, the Animal Health Center, the large animal area, the lobbies, client waiting rooms, etc. With endowments, these areas could receive needed facelifts and be maintained in perpetuity.

In addition to the previously mentioned needs, there are transformational giving opportunities such as naming the college, the departments and the research areas.

I am thankful for the opportunity to build friendships with people who are passionate about the great work that is done at the College of Veterinary Medicine. It is my privilege to work for such a great cause.

There is a quote by Dr. David Trueblood that summarizes philanthropy. He states “It takes a noble man to plant a seed for a tree that will someday give shade to people he may never meet.” We appreciate you for giving your time and resources to make a difference in the lives of both humans and animals. I hope to thank you in person soon.


Jimmy Kight
Director of Development
College of Veterinary Medicine