By Patsy R. Brumfield | NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Former University of Mississippi chancellor Robert C. Khayat is in an Oxford hospital after an attack of illness Friday, which was at first thought to be immediately life threatening.
Khayat retired as the Ole Miss leader in 2009 after 14 years at the university’s helm.
The 73-year-old was home on the mend from a procedure at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio when he became ill and was rushed to Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
A family friend, who asked not to be identified, said Khayat is being cared for in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit. He is still in a precarious situation, given his age and history, but appears to be improving.
Calls to family members went unanswered late Monday.
Khayat, a former Ole Miss Law School professor and NFL kicker, was stricken Friday with what doctors thought was a heart problem, then they thought it might be a blood clot.
Monday, they reportedly began treating him for pneumonia.
The Moss Point native is the only Ole Miss chancellor to be a member of the Student Hall of Fame. He also holds a degree from Yale University.
Khayat is widely credited with bringing greater diversity and academic credibility to the university, which was torn by racial strife in 1962.