Achille Messac Becomes 1st African American Dean at Mississippi State University

Achille MessacAchille Messac was named dean of the James Worth Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University. He will be the first African-American dean in the university’s history.

Dr. Messac has been serving as distinguished professor and chair of the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Syracuse University in New York. Previously, he taught at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and Northeastern University in Boston.

Dr. Messac is a native of Haiti. He holds bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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5 thoughts on “Achille Messac Becomes 1st African American Dean at Mississippi State University”

  1. Yay, YAY, and Yeaaaaa. WE need more Black Male educators in the U.S. Children emulate what they see visually..and IF they don’t see any?! Hmmmmm. My eldest is soon , May, to have his PHD in Higher Education and could very well one day be a Dean also..I love the possibility! Progression indeed…

      1. And that day will come for sure..He’s already accomplished so much ; but he’s very humble about it. He’s at a TOP U.S. University on a FULL fellowship; which inofitself is a major feat. Major..the number of Blacks , let alone Black males, at the University(or in its history..) is limited. He won’t ever toot! his own horn; but his Momma sure will Lol, lol! Oh, did I tell you about the outreach he’s done to others of color & so called under-privileged? I could go on & on..

      2. Congratulations on your son’s accomplishments thus far (full fellowship – woo hoo!). We look forward to hearing more great things about him in the near future (as his momma is sure to keep us posted)! 😉

      3. Bank on it..When his time permits I’m going to ask him to pen his full resume of accomplishments & his goals..He’s presently being woo’ed from coasttocoast for his post-doctorate position so he’s busier than busy..But trust & believe soon as he writes it(and I get his permission) I’ll post it. He is one for all of “us” to watch for sure..I think he’ll make many progressive positive changes

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