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Lawmakers: Time to raze IHL

JACKSON — Some state lawmakers said Tuesday that Mississippi needs separate boards to govern each of its eight public universities, citing a controversial decision by the College Board to dismiss University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones. Officials at the University of Mississippi Medical Center defended their conduct, meanwhile, and Ole Miss faculty members called for Jones’ reinstatement. A backlash continued ...

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Senator proposes creating separate boards for each college

JACKSON — A state senator says the College Board’s dismissal of University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones shows Mississippi needs a new structure to govern its eight public universities. Republican Sen. Gray Tollison of Oxford took steps Tuesday to introduce a bill that would create individual boards of trustees for each of the eight universities, with the power to hire ...

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College Board stands behind move to fire Ole Miss chancellor

JACKSON — Members of Mississippi’s College Board met Monday and said they aren’t backing down from a decision to seek a new chancellor for the University of Mississippi, despite rising criticism of the move. Board members, commenting publicly after an executive session lasting more than an hour, said Dan Jones never resolved problems with contract and financial management at the ...

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DAVID DALLAS — From Dan and Dixie with love

Dan Jones just lost his battle with the cancer that is our state government. Last night, the Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Directors decided to stand by their decision for non-renewal of his contract as Chancellor of the University of Mississippi. IHL took a tremendous amount of heat all weekend long for their decision last Friday. Yesterday, they decided ...

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College Board could discuss new higher education leader

JACKSON — Mississippi could get a new leader of its higher education system soon. The College Board is scheduled to meet Thursday afternoon to discuss personnel issues. Board President Aubrey Patterson of Tupelo wouldn’t say Wednesday whether the board will discuss a successor Thursday to Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds. Under a 2013 board policy, members can choose a new ...

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Student body presidents pushing for on-time graduation

HATTIESBURG — With only 48 percent of students graduating in four years, the student body presidents of Mississippi’s eight public universities have decided to encourage their fellow students to know their plan and graduate on time. The Student Body Presidents’ Council launched the Finish in 4 campaign at a Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning meeting held ...

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College Board postpones decision on budget increase request

JACKSON — College Board members are delaying a decision on how large a budget increase to seek from Mississippi lawmakers. The board voted yesterday to delay the decisions until June 27, saying they wanted to learn more about the large increases universities were seeking for some research units. The state’s eight public universities asked the board to seek a total ...

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End of an era — Patterson retiring from BancorpSouth board

One of Mississippi’s iconic bankers is finally calling it quits after more than 40 years of service. Aubrey Patterson, chairman of the board of directors of BancorpSouth Inc. will retire upon the expiration of his current term. Patterson will serve as a chairman emeritus following the expiration of his term. Patterson served BancorpSouth as president and COO from 1983 to ...

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Listening sessions scheduled as board looks for new ASU president

LORMAN — Members of the Board Search Committee appointed by College Board president Aubrey Patterson to lead the search for the next president of Alcorn State University will hear from constituency groups in Campus Listening Sessions Feb. 19. The discussions will center on the qualities and qualifications stakeholders believe the next institutional executive officer should possess. The Campus Listening Sessions ...

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