Ole Miss chancellor search nears end

JACKSON – The name of the person who will be the next chancellor of the University of Mississippi could be made public in a little more than a week from now.
Parker Executive Search, the firm that has coordinated the process, will oversee a review of finalists’ references on Tuesday, and on Thursday and Friday, the IHL Board of Trustees and representatives of the Search Advisory Committee will hold second-round interviews.
“Once these interviews are complete, we will take a look at the results and, hopefully, can identify a preferred candidate and quickly schedule for that candidate to be on the Ole Miss campus for a full day of interviews with stakeholder groups,” said Amy Whitten of Oxford, chair of the chancellor search committee and former president of the IHL Board of Trustees. “We still are intent on naming a new chancellor, if we can, by mid-June, and I don’t see any reason, considering where we are now, that we won’t meet that deadline.”
The search process began in January, after Robert Khayat announced he would retire after 14 years as the university’s leader. He is widely lauded as the most successful chancellor in the institution’s history, having helped establish a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, the Croft Institute for International Studies, the Trent Lott Leadership Institute, the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, the Gertrude Castellow Ford Center for the Performing Arts and many other development.
Whitten said Khayat’s success enhanced the pool of possible successors.
“The University of Mississippi, as we suspected, was in a real stage of development that attracted a rich pool of candidates,” she said. “Individuals that we are interviewing have substantial leadership experience at complex levels of organizations like Ole Miss.”


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