Ole Miss provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs Morris Stocks will assume chancellor’s duties starting June 15, the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning announced Thursday afternoon.
He will officially become interim chancellor September 15, and remain there until the state College Board appoints current chancellor Dan Jones’ permanent successor.
“It’s with a mixture of sadness and joy that I make this transition,” Jones said in a press release. “I’m certainly sad to not continue my role as chancellor but joyful both by the appointment of provost Morris Stocks as our next leader and joyful for my 30-year association with the university and my 12 years of leadership: six at the medical center and six as chancellor. Provost Stocks is responsible for many of the decisions that led to our rapid growth in enrollment and improvement in important metrics such as our freshman to sophomore retention rate. I know all the constituencies of our great university will support Dr. Stocks’ leadership in the coming months.”
Jones, whose contract was not renewed, will begin personal leave June 15. Stocks performed the bulk of Jones’ duties while Jones took medical leave last fall and winter for lymphoma treatment.