BILL CRAWFORD: Jones’ behavior drives part of sharp discord

“It was pride that changed angels into devils,” taught Saint Augustine.

Media reports on the controversy between Dr. Dan Jones, chancellor of the University of Mississippi, and the IHL Board of Trustees, have painted Dr. Jones as an angel and board members as devils. That is not a fair characterization. Good people serve on the board and Dr. Jones has displayed piques of prideful behavior.

Appropriately celebrated publicly for upbuilding the university and its medical center, this affable, gifted leader chose to fight attempts by the IHL Board to improve lax business practices and inadequate controls at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. “I was unwilling to replace people at the medical center who I thought were honest, hardworking people trying to make this problem better,” he told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. “I was unwilling to throw them under the bus.”

Daily Journal
3/30/15