Nominations and applications for the job of succeeding Robert Khayat as chancellor of the University of Mississippi are being reviewed by the search advisory committee, made up of Ole Miss staff and faculty, students, alumni and community leaders.
The next chancellor will take over a university whose national standing, physical plant, financial endowment and student body have been enhanced under Khayat’s leadership but likely will face budget challenges beyond any that Khayat, a master of fundraising, has encountered.
The search goal is to have a successor in place by mid-June. Khayat’s retirement after 14 years as Ole Miss’ chief executive officer and most visible spokesman is scheduled for June 30.
Some of the names frequently speculated on as likely candidates include Dr. Dan Jones, the current vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, and prominent Jackson attorney Barry Cannada. In recent days even the name of former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, now a political science professor at Stanford University, has been mentioned.