Dr. Reuben Moore began serving as interim vice president of the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine in April 2019. He provides leadership for the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Forest and Wildlife Research Center, College of Forest Resources, College of Veterinary Medicine, and the MSU Extension Service.
Each year, MSU ranks in the National Science Foundation’s top 10 list for agricultural science research and development expenditures. Oversight of these funds propels MSU and the Division to the forefront of scientific advances that benefit Mississippi producers and contribute to global food security.
Dr. Moore brings decades of experience to leading this cornerstone of MSU’s success. Most recently, he has served as both the associate director of MAFES and the interim associate vice president for the Division. For several years he filled temporary leadership positions in on-campus departments and the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center while simultaneously fulfilling he responsibilities to MAFES, a testament to the trust and respect he has earned from MSU administrators.
While he began his career at the University of West Tennessee as an assistant professor at one of their experiment stations, Moore quickly moved back home to Mississippi to work for his alma mater. He grew up on a dairy farm in Neshoba County, so naturally his academic interests centered on dairy-related research. He took a break from his academic career to return to the family farm for 10 years before resuming his work at Mississippi State, where he has been an administrator since 1999.
Moore obtained his bachelor of science degree in dairy science from MSU, his master of science in dairy nutrition from the University of Tennesse, and his doctoral degree in animal physiology from MSU.
He is a member of numerous professional and honorary organizations, including the American Dairy Science Association, Gamma Sigma Delta, and the Southern Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors.
Moore has been a board member of the Neshoba County Fair Association since 1987 and served in leadership roles for or been a member of the PTA, 4-H Volunteer Leaders Association, Boy Scouts, Neshoba County Farm Bureau, Philadelphia Rotary and Tupelo Jaycees.
Together with his wife, the former Fay Pilgrim, an elementary and piano teacher and church music director, Moore raised three children and is the proud grandfather of five. He is a Baptist deacon, congregational music director, Sunday school teacher, Bible drill director, and Gideon.His hobbies include walking, genealogy, carpentry, and watching college and professional sports.