Jones’ contract concludes Sept. 14, and Commissioner of Higher Education Jim Borsig said the board has voted to direct him “to begin appropriate preparations to conduct a search process for the next Chancellor of the University of Mississippi in accordance with the board’s policy.”
Jones has had disagreements with the board a few years. “I wanted to serve another four years,” he said. “I am not retiring.”
The board wanted to appoint the vice chancellor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, rather than letting Jones appoint that person. “The policy in the statute calls for the chancellor to make the selection and the board to affirm,” he said.
He said another point of contention was he felt the University of Mississippi deserved more money from the Institutions of Higher Learning because of its increased numbers of students while some universities were declining, he said…
…Bryant said in a statement that Jones “served Ole Miss honorably as both chancellor of the university and as vice chancellor of health affairs for the University of Mississippi Medical Center. I wish him the best in his future personal and professional endeavors.” Bryant spokeswoman Nicole Webb said in a subsequent phone interview any notion that Bryant orchestrated the process was “ridiculous. The governor only has four appointees on the College Board, so that makes it impossible mathematically. We don’t even know how those appointees voted.”