Jim Buck Ross subject of tribute, fund-raiser
STARKVILLE Former Agriculture Commissioner Jim Buck Ross will be commemorated next week at Mississippi State University with a fund raiser for an endowed chair named in his honor.
Ross, a 1939 graduate of Mississippi State, retired last year after 28 years as agriculture commissioner.
The Jan. 24 tribute will include a reception and banquet with comedian Jerry Clower, another Mississippi State alumnus, as master of ceremony.
The goals of the tribute are to honor Ross and to provide funding for the Jim Buck Ross chair at Mississippi State’s Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine.
The endowed chairs will provide special funding for a faculty position focusing on teaching, research and service programs in agriculture and natural resources policy.