Dr. Gregory Bohach began serving as vice president of the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine (DAFVM) in 2009. As vice president, 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.
During his tenure, MSU has remained in the top 10 in agricultural science research and development expenditures for 17 years, and in 2014 was No. 8 in the nation, as reported by the National Science Foundation. DAFVM’s ongoing commitment to Mississippi’s producers and to global food security helped push MSU into the top 100 research institutions in the country.
Within the Division, enrollment increases have continued year after year, with a 70 percent increase in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 39 percent in the College of Forest Resources, and 41 percent in the College of Veterinary Medicine since 2008. To serve our growing student body, Bohach has led DAFVM in numerous construction projects, including a new necropsy lab and classroom building at the Wise Center, a new animal and dairy sciences building, a new meat science lab, and a new poultry science building, which are in varying stages of design and completion.
For three years, DAFVM units received budgetary increases from the Mississippi legislature. This reflects well on the respect these MSU units have across the state and the value Mississippi’s leaders place on academic, research, and outreach excellence. DAFVM programs and personnel also win millions of dollars annually in grants and contracts—$77 million in fiscal year 2015.
Bohach has contributed to MSU’s mission to forge international partnerships that advance agricultural sciences and best practices. During his time as DAFVM vice president, he has helped facilitate MSU’s recognition by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization as a Center for Knowledge for Aquatic Health and a member of the Global Aquaculture Advancement Partnership. He has also traveled to Morocco, China, India, Brazil, South Korea, Italy, and Poland to create and strengthen collaborative relationships as part of MSU’s commitment to fighting global hunger.
In addition to serving as vice president, Bohach is a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology in the MSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and an adjunct professor of basic sciences in the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Over the course of his career as a microbiologist specializing in human and animal infectious diseases, he has trained 14 graduate students, published 125 articles in peer-reviewed publications, and received $23.5 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). He holds two patents and one invention disclosure. In addition to his scientific accomplishments, he relished teaching undergraduate, graduate and medical students.
He received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Pittsburgh/Johnstown, and master’s and doctoral degrees in microbiology from West Virginia University. He was certified as a medical technologist by the American Society for Clinical Pathology from Connemaugh Memorial Hospital in Johnstown. He conducted postdoctoral training at the University of Minnesota.
Bohach worked at the University of Idaho in positions of increasing responsibility in the Department of Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, eventually becoming full professor and department head. From 2004 to 2009, he was director of the Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station and associate dean of the University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. During this time, he was also affiliated with the University of Washington, served as the director of the Idaho Center for Host-Pathogen Interaction Research, and directed the State of Idaho NIH IDeA and NSF EPSCoR programs.
He is a member of the American Society for Microbiology and the American Academy of Microbiology.
Bohach is married to Dr. Carolyn Bohach, who is also a microbiologist conducting research on E. coli 0157. Their son, Taylor, recently graduated from MSU with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering.