Letter from the Chancellor: Jones, IHL board fail to reach agreement on contract

Letter from the Chancellor: Jones, IHL board fail to reach agreement on contract

April 2, 2015 

Dear Ole Miss Family, 

Several days ago I wrote to you about the decision by the IHL Board not to renew my contract to serve as Chancellor. Last week, Dr. Jim Borsig, Commissioner-elect for the Board, approached me with a "compromise offer."  The Board was willing to extend my contract for 21 months if I committed to retire in June of 2017. My performance or effectiveness up to that date would have no impact on whether I could continue to serve as Chancellor after June of 2017. 

Over the last several days, Commissioner Borsig and I have continued conversations, and this week we traveled to meet individually with a number of Board members. In doing so, I hoped to determine if Board members would consider an extension that would allow me to serve as Chancellor without the outcome of my leadership predetermined. From these meetings it has become clear that the Board is not willing to do so. 

I feel strongly, as do most of my advisors, that serving two years as a lame duck would make it difficult to recruit and retain key leaders and continue our momentum in private giving. More importantly, it is clear from the Board's position that the Board would not support my leadership during any extension. For the University to thrive and succeed, the University needs a leader who has the support of its governing board, which I clearly do not enjoy. For these reasons, it is in the University's best interest for me not to accept the Board's offer. 

I cannot sufficiently express the gratitude Lydia and I feel for the amazing outpouring of support for us personally and for our beloved University. We will leave our position in September with a deep love for this place and, most especially, the people of the Ole Miss family. Let me encourage all of you to follow closely the search process for the next Chancellor. The IHL Board will make a better decision knowing that you are engaged and that they are accountable to all constituents of the Ole Miss family. 

Let me also encourage us all to follow our creed and treat Board members with civility and respect. I encourage any communication to the IHL Board members to be in that spirit.  During the last few days, Commissioner Borsig has dealt with me in a candid and transparent fashion.  Please remember that he was thrown into the middle of a difficult situation and was not involved in any of the decisions about my future. 

My decision not to accept the Board's offer may disappoint some of you. Please know the decision is made in the best interest of Ole Miss and out of love and respect for her. Lydia and I look forward to our last few months of service to the University and opportunities to visit with you. 

Sincerely,     

Dan Jones, Chancellor

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Research Day shines light on UMMC faculty, students

A gathering of researchers descended upon the Norman C. Nelson Student Union at the University of Mississippi Medical Center on March 31 to present their findings to a group of judges during the annual Department of Medicine Research Day. 

Joining the DOM researchers were younger investigators with the Medical Student Research Program who jointly participated in the research day events.

Research projects ranging from cancer's impact on bone structure to kidney injury to metabolic syndrome were on display during the event's poster contest. While presented jointly to various judges, the Department and MSRP each handed out awards for the best presentations. 

Additionally, MSRP participants gave oral presentations earlier in the morning, with those judged the best being honored later during the award ceremony.

Dr. Gailen Marshall, professor of medicine and pediatrics and vice chair for research, said the purpose of Research Day is to recognize the trainees who continue to push the department forward with their commitment to research.

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Research Day shines light on UMMC faculty, students

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