UPDATE:Bounds, Jones are preferred candidates

Dr. Dan Jones, dean of the University of Mississippi’s school of medicine in Jackson, is the College Board’s preferred candidate for chancellor at Ole Miss.

The board announced Jones’ selection Tuesday.

Jones would succeed Chancellor Robert Khayat.

Jones will visit the Oxford campus June 15 to meet with various constituent groups. The College Board will take a final vote later that day.

The College Board also announced that Hank Bounds is the preferred candidate for commissioner of higher education. Bounds currently is superintendent of the state’s public schools.

The IHL Commissioner sessions will be June 17 in Jackson.

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Statement from Dan Jones

Following the announcement today issued by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) naming Dr. Dan Jones as the preferred candidate for the position of Chancellor at the University of Mississippi (UM), Dr. Jones, who said he felt “very happy” and “humbled” about being named the board’s preferred candidate, issued the following statement:

“I’m grateful to be part of the University of Mississippi now, on its health science campus, and I’m very excited about the future opportunities with the University of Mississippi. The university is in a great place these days. Chancellor Khayat has done a wonderful job of leadership. It’s frightening to anybody to think about following in his footsteps and taking on the large responsibility of leading the university, but I’m very excited about the opportunity. I’m looking forward to the visit (to the Ole Miss campus in two weeks). I know that the University of Mississippi has wonderful leadership in place, not just at the chancellor level, but there have been wonderful leaders, a strong faculty doing tremendous work for the last few years, and I’m looking forward to spending time with those folks, listening to them and having an opportunity to have dialogue with them. This is a great privilege for me and I’m so grateful for the confidence of the IHL Board in naming me the preferred candidate.”

Staff and wire reports

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