MSU Starkville Campus
Years in Position: 21
Years at MSU: 21
As an engineer for the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, David Howell uses his leadership and management skills to ensure projects are successful.
After moving from southern Louisiana to Starkville, David graduated from MSU in 1978 with his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He then worked at Gulf States Manufacturing for 13 years as a design engineer. In 1995, David returned to his alma mater to serve in his current position.
“My main responsibility is serving as project manager for construction projects within the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine,” David said. “On a typical work day, I may be communicating with architects, engineers and contractors to resolve design or construction issues.”
David said he also spends a significant amount of time planning for future projects and inspecting current projects that are under construction.
“It’s the actual construction of a project that is my favorite,” he explained. “I enjoy seeing contractors clear the site, establish the foundation and construct the building.”
David said he finds comfort in knowing his career will always play a vital part in the project development process.
“State laws require that building projects be designed and stamped by a registered professional,” he said. “Engineers are required for the design of the electrical, mechanical and structural components of a building. Engineers are tasked with safeguarding life, health and property and promoting the public welfare. At the end of the day, we also want to make sure we have been effective in the use of all funds provided.”
When David is not at work, he spends his free time doing yard work, playing tennis or working on the family farm. He also enjoys spending time with his wife of 38 years, Mona, and two children, Amanda and Bryan.
CVM Facilities Engineering
Years in Position: 3
Years at MSU: 5
Faculty and staff at the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine rely on custodian Clinton Neely to see that the facilities are clean and in good condition.
“On a daily basis, I’m responsible for the upkeep of the building and any waxing services that need to be completed,” Clinton said.
Before he came to MSU, Clinton worked at the Coca-Cola Bottling Company warehouse in Starkville for 10 years, loading orders into delivery trucks and assisting with record keeping.
“I pursued my current position because I felt it was a better opportunity for me,” Clinton said. “Now, I have a more stable job with better hours and more time to spend with my wife and kids. Overall, I enjoy the work environment, and I am comfortable interacting with people on the job.”
Clinton’s work ethic carries over into his duties as trustee at Sixteenth Section Missionary Baptist Church and Life Center, where he assists with events and building maintenance. For his devotion to his faith and the church, Clinton was named the church’s Man of the Year in 2016.
“When I’m not at work, I try to help out the elderly in our community with landscaping their yards and mowing their lawns,” Clinton said. “I think being able to offer assistance to those who need it is just as important as my job at the vet school.”
Clinton said he takes pride in all he does and makes sure that the job is done right.
To relax, Clinton finds time to go fishing with friends, dancing with his wife of 12 years, and hunting with his three children.
At each annual DAFVM Summer Celebration, the Staff Spotlight recipients from the previous year will be acknowledged. The DAFVM website will have an archive of all winners listed by month/date.
An employee cannot be chosen more than once during a two (2) year period.