Ole Miss to search for new leader as some worry about damage

JACKSON, MISS. — With University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones saying he couldn’t reach an agreement with the state College Board to extend his contract, Higher Education Commissioner Jim Borsig said the board will launch a national search for a replacement.

Borsig said Thursday that process is likely to take at least six months, meaning the 23,000-student university may need an interim leader.

The broken relationship between Jones and the majority of the trustees who govern the school couldn’t be mended under the glare of protests and alumni threatening to withhold donations. Jones admitted as much Thursday, saying he couldn’t reach an agreement with the board to renew his contract past its current expiration date in September.

Meanwhile, Jones supporters said they fear damage to the school.