Entrepreneurial senior manager and team leader experienced in building
values-based academic and industrial organizations with creativity,
vision, and leading edge managerial approaches. Diverse and extensive
experience including: academia (10 years directing not-for-profit
technology center affiliated with a consortium of 5 community colleges
and VA MEP System); industry (20 years total with Monsanto and Georgia-Pacific);
and non-profit association (2 years with Manufacturers Alliance
in Washington D.C.). Excellent developer of grant funds--$6.7 million
from 64 grants over past ten years. VPMEP co-founder. NSF Principal
Investigator. Extensive experience in deploying academic outreach
to industry and thousands of students and citizens, in building
academic-industry partnerships, in facilitating technology development
and deployment, in industrial research and development, (R&D),
plant manufacturing technology, total quality management, regulatory
and government affairs, and technology policy research. Ph.D. from
Georgia Institute of Technology in Analytical Chemistry with a minor
in mini-computer engineering.
Dr John J. “Jay” Tice IV is the Director of the
Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Mississippi (MEP.ms), an
organization that works to assist Mississippi’s Manufacturers.
MEP.ms works with partner organizations to provide expertise and
services tailored to the most critical needs of the State’s
manufacturers ranging from process improvements and worker training
to business practices and applications of information technology.
MEP.ms is a unique virtual organization and its partners include
the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, several Mississippi Universities
and Community Colleges, and private sector service providers.
Jay is an entrepreneurial senior manager and team leader experienced
in building values-based successful academic, industrial, and not-for-profit
organizations with creativity, vision, and leading edge managerial
approaches. His managerial philosophy is grounded from his strong
values system and is based on a fundamental belief in the innate
goodness of people. He believes in empowerment and mutual goal setting
with decisions and authority delegated to the lowest level possible.
Jay has diverse and extensive experience including: ten years directing
an academic not-for-profit technology center; two years with a non-profit
association with the Manufacturers Alliance in Washington D.C; and
twenty years industrial experience with Monsanto and Georgia-Pacific.
He is an excellent developer of grant funds raising more than $6.7
million from 64 grants over past ten years.
In his last assignment, Jay had, as its founding Executive Director,
the privilege and honor over ten years ago to establish and develop
the Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC). The MTC is a not-for-profit
technology center affiliated with a consortium of the five community
colleges in southwestern Virginia and Virginia’s Manufacturing
Extension Partnership system (VPMEP)--an organization which Jay
along with three other co-founders established more than eight years
ago Since then, MTC has served the manufacturers of southwestern
Virginia as an affiliate center of VPMEP. The MTC provides an array
of services to manufacturers, the consortium colleges and universities,
and to the region’s citizens in areas ranging from engineering
deployment and technical training to curriculum development. The
MTC’s core competencies include engineering, lean manufacturing,
intelligent manufacturing, quality systems including I SO registrations,
information technology, environmental control, and occupational
health. The MTC has helped Virginia’s manufacturers and small
businesses through tens of millions of dollars in economic benefits,
in the retention or transference of hundreds of jobs, and in the
implementation of productivity improvements--all with outstanding
Previously, Jay was the Manager of Science and Technology Issues
for the Manufacturers Alliance (MAPI) in Washington, D.C. MAPI is
the leading executive development and business research organization
serving the needs of senior management from the manufacturing sector.
Prior to MAPI, Jay was the Manager of Science and Technology in
Georgia-Pacific’s (G-P’s) Corporate Government Affairs
Office, also in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for technical
aspects of many of the regulatory actions that impacted G-P, material
safety data sheets, and he worked extensively on G-P’s behalf
on the dioxin issue. Jay was part of the initial team that established
G-P’s Chemical Division R&D Technical Center in the Atlanta
area. There he was a key member of the German-American team that
successfully launched G-P’ new world class expandable polystyrene
plant in Painesville, Ohio. Jay also spent nine years in various
positions at Monsanto’s world-class manufacturing facility
in Pensacola, Florida.
Jay is a Distinguished Military Graduate from Virginia Military
Institute with a B.S. in Chemistry. He received an M.S. in Analytical
Chemistry as an EPA Fellow / Trainee and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry
with a minor in mini-computer engineering from Georgia Institute
of Technology. He has presented numerous technical papers throughout
the U.S. and twice in Germany.
Jay served nine years in the U.S. Army Reserve as an Infantry Officer
attaining the rank of Captain.
Jay and his wife Dr. Elizabeth “Liz” Tice—a foot
and ankle surgeon—round out their technical and medical backgrounds
by participating in diverse interests including sports such as trail
bicycling and hiking, in ballroom dancing, in attending cultural
events involving classical and contemporary music, the theater,
and the arts and they are both college football and basketball enthusiasts.
The Tice’s have a new addition to the family with the birth
of their first child--son, “J.J.”, John Joseph Tice
V--who was born on September 23, 2005 in Jackson Mississippi.
134 Market Ridge Drive
Ridgeland, MS 39157
Telephone: (601) 960-3616
Fax: (601) 960-3605