National leadership group selects two MSU scientists


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Posted: 5/17/2012


Two Mississippi State University scientists have been selected for a national leadership training program.

MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center professors Robert Kroger and David Jones will be in the Leadership for the 21st Century, or Lead21, class of 2012-2013.

Lead21’s purpose is to develop leaders within land-grant universities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The year-long Lead21 course includes three sessions and an individual learning component.

George Hopper, director of the Forest and Wildlife Research Center and dean of the College of Forest Resources, nominated the scientists for the program.

"The Lead21 program instills leadership skills that will serve these individuals well into the future," Hopper said. "Drs. Kroger and Jones are both leaders in their respective fields. This training will enhance their ability to serve Mississippians."

Kroger is an assistant professor of aquatic sciences in MSU’s wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture department. The only certified wetland scientist at MSU, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. He holds a doctorate in biology from the University of Mississippi.

Jones is an assistant Extension professor in MSU’s forest products department. Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in forest resources at Clemson University, a master’s degree in forestry at Stephen F. Austin State University and a doctorate degree in forestry from the University of Georgia.

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