Dr. John J. "Jay" Tice IV Biography

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 customer satisfaction.

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.