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Get to Know the Faculty: Dr. Mickey Latour

February 12, 2021

02/11/2021

A native of our neighbor in Mississippi, Dr. Mickey Latour, loves his Saints, NASCAR and a life-long commitment to excellence in higher education. Let’s get to know our new College of Agriculture dean.

Dr. Mickey Latour

Dr. Mickey Latour

Place of birth?

Mississippi

Family?

I have two daughters

Why did you choose A-State?

I was attracted to the rich history and commitment to agriculture. What I have learned since being here is how wonderful people are across the campus and community.

My pro sports team is…

SAINTS

What makes a good professor?

The ones that care about success for students

Who was your favorite teacher (and why)?

Dr. Christian Fischer, he set high expectations and encouraged students to achieve their absolute best

What makes for a good student?

Have a curious attitude and willingness to try new things

The television series I must DVR…

NASCAR

Four people I’d take to coffee…

Jeff Gordon, Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and Rick Harrison

What’s the value of a university education?

Data shows as education rises so does corresponding salaries, but aside from salary, education allows you to see things from many angles

What is one thing you always have on you…

Today, that’s a mask

Your philosophy on education in seven words:

Education is cheap compared to no education

If you could teach another field, which one and why?

I would enjoy biostatistics, because I like thinking through permutations and influences on factors

What I like about Jonesboro is…

the very friendly people and caring

What is the one thing you wish you could teach everyone about your field?

Just how much science is behind the foods we take for granted every day from nutrition to food safety

What are you working on right now?

I am working on strategic planning for the College

My favorite meal is…

Anything Italian

The one thing I will not eat is…

Fried desserts

Before you retire I want to…

See our college distinguish itself from the competition and become the destination place to learn agriculture

In college, I was known for…

Commitment to see a project to completion

What music is playing in your car?

Enjoy the 70’s music

What is your favorite podcast?

Anything from NPR

My favorite motion picture is…

It’s a Good Life

What is your most prized possession…

my two daughters and Annie

The last book I read for fun was . .

Who Moved My Cheese?

My favorite trip was…

Kentucky Lake, nice cabin and relaxing

If I could travel anywhere it would be…

Mount Rushmore

The best advice I ever received was…

Focus on what matters

What is the one thing I’ve learned I’d tell my college self…

You need to earn trust and all else will come in line

My hobby is…

Enjoy working in the yard and cleaning the cars

My passion is…

See people (our students, staff, faculty, alumni, donors, etc.) realize their potential

My favorite thing in my office is…

My mother’s high school GED

My pet peeve is…

a dirty vehicle

A perfect day is…

Sitting in front of a camp fire on the lake

My spirit cartoon character is…

Sponge Bob

Cats or dogs?

Dogs

E-book or hardback?

Hardback

Beach or mountains?

Mountains

Dinner or supper?

Supper

The one thing I’d take to a desert island…

Matches

I wish I could…

Teleport in time

Only my friends know I…

Consider myself independent

My favorite saying is…

There is no substitute for excellence

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