Oral history; interview with Dr. Melissa Mixon, conducted June 13, 2012, Mitchell Memorial Library, Mississippi State University. Dr. Mixon was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Alabama. She first came to Mississippi State in 1983 to work with the Mississippi State Extension Service as a Nutrition Specialist. In 1990, she earned her PhD from Mississippi State. From 1991 until 2004, she served as Extension Professor and Leader in Human Nutrition. Mixon worked as Associate Vice President of the Division of Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine from 2004 until 2008, and from 2008 until 2009, she was Interim Vice President for the Division. Also from 2008 until her retirement in 2010, she served in the roles of Interim Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Interim Director of Extension, Interim Director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and Associate Vice President of Mississippi State. Mixon also served on the Faculty Senate. She is a registered dietician, and was a member of many honorary and professional societies during her time at the University. In this interview, Mixon talks about the day-to-day conditions of Lloyd-Ricks, the merger of Extension and the academic units, and the challenges of the Lloyd-Ricks-Watson renovation.
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