Dr. Elizabeth B. Myles is a proud a native of Pattison, Mississippi who now resides in Cannonsburg/Natchez, Mississippi. She is a 1991 graduate of Port Gibson High School in Port Gibson, Mississippi. Currently she serves as the Associate Director, Mississippi Small Farm and Agribusiness Center in the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. She is an Adjunct Instructor in the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. She holds two degrees (Master of Science in Education and Master of Science in Agriculture) from Alcorn State University (ASU). For the past 25 years, she has been a catalyst for change in the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. She’s held positions at the University as a Secretary, Project Manager/Research Associate, Project Manager, and Marketing Specialist. She is the host of the Marketing with Myles Radio Show on WPRL 91.7 FM. Her husband, Jerome E. Myles Sr., is the producer of the show. She also is the proud mother of Kobe J. Myles, a Junior Applied Sciences: Geospatial Engineering Technology major at ASU.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE ALCORN?
Since 1998, I have been employed with Alcorn State University, a Historically 1890 Land-Grant Institution. Therefore, I wanted to further my education by obtaining two Master’s degrees. Alcorn gave me the opportunity to earn these degrees while being employed. I took full advantage of the tuition fee waiver as an employee. It was not easy being an employee and student simultaneously, however, through hard work and discipline I overcame the challenge. Thank you to my immediate supervisors for approving my courses while employed and Alcorn for the opportunity to earn two degrees. I will be forever grateful and I love this place.
WHAT ORGANIZATIONS WERE YOU A PART OF?
I am a proud member of the Campus Alumni Chapter of Alcorn State University Chapter; Mississippi Farm Bureau, Mississippi Economic Council Leadership Mississippi Class of 2018, and LEAD21 (Class 17) 2022 graduate.
HOW HAS ALCORN HELPED PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR CAREER?
Alcorn State helped me prepare for my career by giving me professional development opportunities such as the LEAD21 program. This program gave me the opportunity to enhance my leadership skills and grow as a professional. I have had the opportunity to present or facilitate at many local, national, and international conferences, workshops, seminars, and farm study tours. I can network and build a rapport with the world of agriculture globally.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU ENJOYED MOST ABOUT ALCORN?
I have enjoyed the family atmosphere here at Alcorn. You can work closely with colleagues and students to cultivate relationships for a lifetime. ASU has a very beautiful campus and I enjoy football season the most.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR CURRENT OR FUTURE STUDENTS ON ‘THE YARD’?
My advice for current and future students is to never give up when times get hard. Always persevere and stay positive during your tenure on ‘The Yard’. Take advantage of all of the resources, especially internships, scholarships, and joining various clubs and organizations. Identify several mentors to help you grow personally and professionally. Always have a backup plan if things do not work out the way that you expected them to. Last, but not least, always put God first in all that you do.