Former Gov. Winter negotiating with Dan Jones, IHL

Winter said he’s hoping that differences between the two can be resolved and that Jones can remain as chancellor.

“I’m hoping for that result and that the board will move forward and Dr. Jones will move forward,” he said. “This is not just for the University of Mississippi, but all the universities have a stake in this.”

If this is not worked out, “everybody’s going to be the loser,” he said. “The state of Mississippi is going to be the loser.”

Jones is talking Thursday by phone with Institutions of Higher Learning commissioner Jim Borsig.

The two met in Oxford Wednesday afternoon, in an attempt to reach a settlement that would renew Jones’ contract beyond September. The state College Board voted last week for Jones to begin preparations to search for his successor, essentially not renewing his deal.

Clarion Ledger
3/26/15