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Meek Name Removal Vote Passes to UM Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter

Associate Provost Donna Strum confirmed in an email this afternoon that donor Ed Meek’s request to have his name removed from the School of Journalism and New Media has been approved by the Council of Academic Administrators. 

“The motion to change the name of the School of Journalism and New Media has been approved by the Council of Academic Administrators,” she wrote in an email. “Thank you for your participation in this process in a timely manner.”

The Council’s members are comprised of all deans, the Faculty Senate chair, faculty representatives, the three vice chancellors within Academic Affairs, the Associated Student Body president and the Graduate Student Council president.

After passing through the Undergraduate Council, Graduate Council and the Council of Academic Administrators, the vote makes its way to Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter. Pending that vote, it would then go to the Institutions of Higher Learning Board for the final decision. 

Vitter said in an email on Tuesday, Sept. 25 university officials were expediting the process of consideration for the name removal.

“We will continue to work to bring this matter to an appropriate resolution,” he said. 

Meek made the request Saturday, Sept. 22 in an email to Dean Will Norton, of the School of Journalism and New Media, to have his name removed.

“Today I have asked the University of Mississippi to remove my name from the School of Journalism and New Media,” Meek wrote in the email. “My desire then and now is for the School of Journalism to be a global leader in Journalism education. I recognize that the attachment of my name to the School of Journalism is no longer in the best interest of that vision.”

Follow hottytoddy.com for the next phase of the vote. 

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