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Kidd named to head MSU poultry program
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Michael T. Kidd has assumed duties as head of Mississippi State University’s Department of Poultry Science.
Kidd, whose experience includes both university and industry research, succeeds Wallace Morgan, who retired in June.
“We are fortunate to have a person with his academic and industry experience,” said Vance Watson, vice president of the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine. “Poultry is an important part of the Mississippi economy, and Dr. Kidd has a proven record of teaching and research in support of the industry.”
An Arkansas native, Kidd earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Arkansas in poultry science. His doctorate is from North Carolina State University, with a major concentration in nutrition and a minor in immunology.
Kidd has been a member of the MSU poultry science faculty since 1999. His industry experience includes five years as research manager and research director with Nutri-Quest, Inc.
In 2001, Kidd developed and led a conference on nutrition research that has become an annual event for key poultry industry personnel in Mississippi. He also has been active in curriculum development.
“As a commodity department, we exist for our students and to assist a highly competitive and profitable poultry industry in our state. We focus on educating and training our students to become future leaders in the poultry industry,” Kidd said. “At MSU they have opportunities to participate in research to both support and improve the industry.”
Contact: Dr. Michael Kidd, (662) 325-5430