Oral history; interview with Dr. Jean K. Snyder, Associate Dean Emerita of the College of Agriculture and Home Economics, May 4, 2012, Mitchell Memorial Library, Mississippi State University. It is now called the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Dr. Snyder was born in 1920 in Blossburg, Pennsylvania. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania University in 1942, and in 1953, she received her Master’s degree from Cornell University. The same year she received her PhD from Florida State University, 1966, she became Head of the Home Economics Department at Morehead State University in Kentucky. She first came to Mississippi State in 1971 as Head of the Home Economics Department. She was the first woman to be named an Academic Dean at Mississippi State. At the time she was named Associate Dean of Agriculture for Home Economics, she also was serving as Head of the Home Economics Department, teaching two courses each semester, and serving as an Administrator of Research for the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. She retired in 1985. In this interview, Snyder discusses the beginnings of the Department of Home Economics, her decision to come to MSU, and many of the past faculty and staff members of Lloyd-Ricks.
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