Research center named for longtime MSU employee

By The Associated Press

RAYMOND — Mississippi State University will name the Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center in memory of Frank T. “Butch” Withers Jr. on July 10.

Withers, who died in 2012, worked for 40 years in the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine at MSU. He was director of the Research and Extension Center for 10 years. He retired in 2006.

He also served as facility coordinator of the Pontotoc Ridge Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station from 1972 to 1978 and as unit head of MSU’s Animal Research Center from 1978 to 1996.

The center is located on the campus of Hinds Community College in Raymond.

The center and its 20 county offices and three research stations conduct studies on beef, forages, row crops, small game production, and home and commercial horticulture.