Thursday, January 26, 2023

Ole Miss Science Center Donation in Danger without Chancellor Dan Jones

Photo courtesy UM Communications
Photo courtesy UM Communications

Tom Papa, president of the Gertrude C. Ford Foundation board, told MPB reporter Sandra Knispel during a broadcast Monday afternoon that a $20 million donation for a new science center on the Oxford campus would be rescinded if Dan Jones was not chancellor of the university because the decision seemed motivated by reasons beyond his job performance.

Last year, Ole Miss received a $20 million lead gift from the foundation for a new science building. The $100 million building will be added along Science Row between University Avenue and All American Drive, with construction expected to begin in early 2016 and be complete by August 2018. The building will include about 200,000 square feet for research and education efforts.

We will update this story as it develops. For more on the decision not to renew Jones’ contract, click here.

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