New Instructor Joins Department of Agriculture at Malden Campus


by News Bureau on Friday, Sep. 06, 2013


MALDEN, Mo., Sept. 6, 2013 – Dr. George Byron McVay of Lilbourn, Mo., is teaching agriculture courses and plant science labs at Southeast Missouri State University-Malden this semester.

Dr. Nick Thiele, director of the Malden campus, says McVay brings 30 years of experience in crop production, genetics and agricultural marketing to the University.

“I am thankful to the University and the agriculture department for this opportunity to assist my students in developing skills, which will help them reach their goals. Coming back to your alma mater to work with faculty members who love their students is more than I could have ever imagined,” McVay said.

McVay graduated from Southeast in 1979 with majors in agriculture and business. He graduated from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 1981 with a master’s degree in crop physiology, and studied cotton and soybean genetics at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

After he graduated from SIU-Carbondale, he worked in the cotton breeding program at the University of Missouri-Delta Center in Portageville, Mo. He spent 16 years doing agriculture research for a chemical company, studying the effects of herbicides. He also has worked as a research and sales agronomist with several companies.

McVay is the only agriculture-based instructor at the Malden campus and joins their rice researcher Dr. Donn Beighley, Thiele said. McVay is based in Malden to increase educational access to Southeast’s southernmost regional campuses located in Kennett and Malden, Mo.

“His primary focus is regional campus instruction,” Thiele said.

McVay is married to Laura Hendley McVay. They have three children and three grandchildren. He is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing. He also likes playing music and working with area youth.