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Lloyd-Ricks Watson Building

Mississippi State University's Lloyd-Ricks-Watson Building, built in 1929 to house agricultural programs, is home to the School of Human Sciences and the Department of Agricultural Economics.

Echoes of Lloyd-Ricks-Watson collects oral histories from people who have worked in this building.

The original Lloyd-Ricks-Watson building was designed by architect C. H. Lindsley and built in 1929 by contractor I. C. Garber at a cost of $210,000. An addition was built in 1939, at a cost of $162,000.

The building has been home to research on a multitude of topics, including agriculture, economics, sociology, chemistry, animal husbandry, entomology, bacteriology, plant pathology, horticulture, forestry, and veterinary medicine.

For more information on the history of the Lloyd-Ricks-Watson building, please consult the following sources:


The purpose of this project is to interview as many of the former occupants or those with relationships to the Lloyd-Ricks-Watson building as possible and to record their stories concerning their experiences and the personalities that occupied the building from its original opening in 1929 through its current remodeling and renaming in October 23, 2010.

  • Frances Coleman, Dean of Libraries
    Phone: (662) 325 - 7661
    E-mail: fcoleman@library.msstate.edu

  • Dr. Vance H. Watson, Former Vice President for the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine, Director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, Director of the Mississippi State University Extension Service, and Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
    E-mail: vwatson@dafvm.msstate.edu
  • School of Agriculture
  • College of Agriculture
  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Agricultural Administration
  • Agricultural and Experimental Statistics
  • College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Economics and Administration
  • Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Agricultural Extension
  • Agricultural Information Science and Education
  • Agronomy
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Child and Family Development Specialist
  • Child Development and Family Center
  • Dairy Husbandry
  • Extension Education
  • Family Life and Public Policy
  • Family Resource and Management Specialist
  • Forestry
  • General Agriculture
  • Home Economics
  • Horticulture
  • School of Human Sciences
  • Human Sciences Teaching, Research, and Extension
  • Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station (Main Office)
  • Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service (Main Office)
  • Plant Pathology and Weed Science
  • Poultry Husbandry
  • Rural Education
  • Sociology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Sociology and Rural Life
  • Student Support Services
  • Textile Research Laboratory
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Veterinary Science

Dr. George Hopper

2011-present, Interim

Dr. Melissa Mixon

2008-2010, Interim

Dr. Vance Watson

1996-2008

Dr. Verner Hurt

1987-1996

Dr. Louis Wise

1977

Dr. James Anderson

1968-1977

Henry H. Leveck, B. S, M. S.

1961-1968

Dr. Clay Lyle

1951-1961

Dr. Frank J. Welch

1948-1951

Dr. Russell Coleman

1947-1948

Dr. Clarence Dorman

1938-1947

James R. Ricks, M. S.

1933-1938

W. R. Perkins, M. S.

1930—1932

James R. Ricks, M. Sc

1919-1930

Edward R. Lloyd, M. Sc.

1911-1919

J. W. Fox, M. Sc

1910-1911

Washington L. Hutchinson, M. Sc.

1897-1910

S. M. Tracy, M. Sc

1888-1897

Dr. Gary Jackson

2011-present

Dr. Joe Street

Interim, 2010

Dr. Melissa J. Mixon

2008-2010

Dr. Vance H. Watson

2005-2008

Dr. Joe H. McGilberry

2001-2005

Dr. Ronald A. Brown

1996-2001

Dr. Hiram D. Palmertree

1988-1996

Dr. James R. Carpenter

1982-1988

Dr. William M. Bost

1962-1981

Mose S. Shaw, B. S., M. S.

1961-1962

Dr. Clay Lyle

1951-1961

Lewis I. Jones, B. S., M.S.

1941-1951

Ernest H. White, B. S.

1937-1941

James R. Ricks, M. Sc.

1935-1937

Lawrence A. Olsen

1930-1935

Robert S. Wilson, B. Sc.

1919-1930

Edward R. Lloyd, M. Sc.

1914-1919

Dr. George Hopper

2010-present

Dr. Melissa Mixon

Interim 2009-2010

Dr. Vance Watson

2002-2008

Charles Lee

2000-2002

William Fox

1990-2000

Charles Lindley

1970-1989

Dr. James Anderson

1968-1969

Norman C. Merwine

1966-1968

Dr. Louis Wise

1962-1966

Dr. Clay Lyle

1952-1961

Dr. Frank J. Welch

1948-1952

Dr. Russell Coleman

1947-1948

Dr. Clarence Dorman

1933-1947

James R. Ricks, M. S.

1933-1938

J. M. Lipscomb

1924-1933

J. C. Herbert

1912-1924

W. S. Hutchinson

1903-1912