DAFVM Spotlight Employees
Susan Heath   Chris McGinnis

Susan Heath
March 2015

Academic Affairs Manager
College of Veterinary Medicine
Starkville Campus

Years in Position: 4 Years
Years of Service to MSU: 17 years

The College of Veterinary Medicine can rely on Susan Heath to help students manage their affairs.

Heath builds schedules for veterinary students in Phase I and Phase II of the curriculum, and she helps students navigate the financial aid process. She aids faculty in the course and rotation evaluation process and is responsible for the Academic and Student Affairs budgets.

Heath became interested in her profession because it was different from anything she had done before.

“My degree is in accounting. I was in the MSU controller and treasurer’s office for more than 13 years in budget and payroll,” she said. “I left MSU for a while, and when I came back, this job was available. I was looking for something new and exciting. I got the best of both worlds. I still get to use my degree, but I also get to work with our veterinary students.”

Heath said she loves going to work every day.

“When I came back to work at MSU in March of 2008, I was looking for a change of pace. This job has been an answer to prayer for me,” she said. “My job can at times be stressful, but I love it.”

Students are a large part of Heath’s passion for her job.

“This year I get to watch the class of 2015 graduate. They started in June 2011, and this is the first class that I have had the privilege of working with them from beginning to end,” she said. “I am so excited for them, and for what God has in store for them. This is why I love what I do.”

Heath has two daughters, Courtney, 19, and Camryn, 12. Courtney is a sophomore at MSU studying elementary education, and Camryn is in the sixth grade at Starkville Academy. In her spare time, Heath enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends.


Chris McGinnis
March 2015

Building Maintenance Tech II
FWRC – Forest Products
Starkville Campus

Years in Position: 4 Months
Years of Service to MSU: 4 Months

Chris McGinnis makes sure that the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts in the Forest and Wildlife Research Center is always well maintained.

McGinnis maintains the 10-acre complex that includes 18 buildings. He looks after the grounds and does whatever is necessary to keep the buildings in good repair. Scientists and professors use the complex to conduct research and teaching on the sustainability of wood.

McGinnis enjoys his job because he shows up to work expecting to be surprised at what his tasks are for the day.

“Every day is different than the one before,” he said. “Each day I am presented with a new and different challenge. It makes work exciting.”

McGinnis said the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts has a team atmosphere.

“I am currently the only one responsible for buildings and grounds maintenance,” he said. “However, I have the support from other staff members and the department head as needed.”

Before joining the Mississippi State University family, McGinnis worked closely with his own family. He was a general housing contractor for 16 years in a family-owned business.

“I became interested in my profession because of the atmosphere surrounding MSU,” he said. “I always wanted to be a part of the MSU family.”

In his spare time, McGinnis enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. He and his wife, Marcia, have a son, Austin, 20.

The administration for the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine (DAFVM) plans to spotlight two employees each month. All benefits-eligible professional and support staff employees within the Division qualify as part of the pool from which employees will be chosen. Highlighted employees will be randomly selected and given his or her choice of a $50 prize from DAFVM to be claimed from specific vendors at MSU.


  • The drawing for the DAFVM Staff Spotlight recognition will take place the last week of each month and be announced the first working day of the upcoming month.  Names are pulled randomly from a pre-populated Banner list.
  • To be the highlighted staff for any given month, the employee must have acceptable recent performance evaluations on file. Those evaluations will be reviewed prior to acknowledgement of the employee and awarding a prize. The evaluation itself will not be viewed but rather HRM will provide a general recommendation based on the employee’s past reviews.
  • The selected employees will be notified by letter from Dr. Greg Bohach, Vice President, DAFVM.
  • A required photo and a brief  interview of the recipients will be posted on the DAFVM Staff Council Web page www.dafvm.msstate.edu/advisory/spotlight/. This information will also be displayed on the monitors of the first floor of the Bost Building, as well as in other MSU locations and publications.
  • Each recipient can choose one of the following prizes:
    • $50 gift certificate to the University Florist
    • $50 gift certificate to the MAFES Sales Store
    • MSU apparel item ($50 value)

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.

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