Lee Tyner, who has served as university attorney at the University of Mississippi since 2003, has been named the new chief of staff for UM chancellor Dan Jones. When he assumes the position July 1, Tyner will replace Andy Mullins, who retires June 30 after 19 years on the Ole Miss administrative staff. Tyner will retain his responsibilities as the university’s chief legal officer.
A Columbus native, Tyner came to Ole Miss as a Carrier Scholar in 1983. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and history before going to Budapest, Hungary, for a year as a field worker for the American Southern Baptist Church. While in Hungary, Tyner decided to pursue a law degree, so he enrolled at the University of Virginia School of Law after returning to the U.S. He worked six years as a litigation attorney for Butler Snow in Jackson upon completing his degree and then returned to Oxford in 1998 to work for then-university attorney Mary Ann Connell. He became university attorney when Connell retired in 2003.
An elder at Christ Presbyterian Church in Oxford, Tyner has been involved in establishing congregations in Memphis and Ridgeland. He also remains active in local and overseas missions. He and his wife, Susan, have five children.