Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Ole Miss Alumni Association Releases Statement Regarding Chancellor Dan Jones

Photo courtesy UM Communications
Photo courtesy UM Communications

Below is a statement from the Ole Miss Alumni Association in response to the Mississippi IHL board of trustees 9-2 decision to not renew Chancellor Dan Jones’ contract.

OMAAlogo2013HighResNOBORDERIt is now well known that the IHL Board of Trustees announced on Friday that it would not extend Chancellor Dan Jones’ contract, which is set to expire on September 14. This news came as an unexpected and distressing statement to Alumni Association leadership as it did to the Ole Miss faithful. The lack of details provided by the IHL make its decision even more concerning to the Alumni Association.

Dr. Jones has worked tirelessly over the past six years to ensure the University of Mississippi continually excels and that it receives proper recognition for its accomplishments. The results of his efforts and those he has entrusted on his leadership team speak for themselves in setting our university above the bar. We have never been a stronger institution than we are now. Enrollment and freshmen GPA are at all-time highs. Our schools and programs are recognized for their achievements almost daily. Support in the form of private giving is growing at record pace. There are more dues-paying members of the Alumni Association than there have ever been. These are signs of a flourishing institution that should not have its leader removed.

Dr. Jones has our continued confidence, trust, and support to serve as our chancellor. We do not believe that the IHL Board was justified in its decision and have seen no evidence to the contrary. We stand with Chancellor Jones, and we support the extension of his employment contract for another full term. We encourage the members of the Ole Miss family to stand with us in support of Chancellor Jones.

Executive Committee of the Ole Miss Alumni Association
Ms. Trentice Imbler, President
Mr. Robert R. Bailess
Mr. David E. Brevard
Mr. James L. Brown
Ms. Kimsey O’Neal Cooper
Mr. John T. Crunk Jr.
Mr. Lawrence B. Johnson Jr.
Mr. Randall G. Long
Mr. C. Matthew Lusco
Mr. Edward C. Maloney
Mrs. Carole Lynn Meadows
Dr. P. H. (Hal) Moore Jr.
Dr. Melinda S. Ray
Ms. Candace Simmons
Mr. John E. Wade Jr.
Mr. Charlie White

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