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Knight set to head MSU coastal center
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Patricia R. Knight has been named interim head of the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi.
Knight joined the staff of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station in 1997 as an assistant horticulturist at the South Mississippi Branch Experiment Station in Poplarville.
Prior to assuming her current duties, she served as horticulture research coordinator for the Coastal Research and Extension Center. She replaces David Veal, who retired June 30 after 35 years of service to MSU.
"Patricia has a record of outstanding research and strong leadership of outreach programs that benefit the people of south Mississippi," said Vance Watson, vice president of MSU's Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine. "She is particularly active in research and programs that bring economic benefits to the area's commercial nurseries and other horticultural enterprises."
As interim head of the Biloxi-based center, Knight supervises research and Extension professionals working with programs in horticulture, beef cattle, food safety, marine resources and youth education, among others.
Knight is an Alabama native who completed a bachelor's degree in horticulture with an emphasis in landscape design at Auburn University. She also earned a master's degree in horticulture at Auburn and a doctoral degree in horticulture at Virginia Tech.