Supporters of expanding pre-kindergarten education funding in pilot programs first approved two years ago should step up persuasive pressure with the governor, lieutenant governor and other legislative leadership to grow funding as originally envisioned when Mississippi finally joined most other states in bringing four-year-olds into classrooms. The issue faces a Saturday night deadline for action, […]

On June 30th 2009, when I retired as Chancellor of The University of Mississippi, I made a commitment to avoid any public comments regarding the IHL Board, Ole Miss, our Medical Center, and the other universities in the state. I moved my office off campus to the UM Foundation which I used infrequently. I have […]

I don’t classify myself as an Ole Miss fan, but I certainly don’t hate the school. Some of my closest friends and loved ones are products of the university, and I’ll be the first to say what a beautiful place I find Oxford to be. To live in this state, you have to be proud […]

‘Relic’ thinking can’t guide Ole Miss’ mission As a graduate of the University of Mississippi, I was stunned and saddened finding out Friday that the IHL decided not to renew the contract of Dan Jones. His leadership has been responsible for increased enrollment, higher GPA and ACT scores, and a 50 percent higher endowment in […]

Has Chancellor Dan Jones’ leadership had a positive impact on the University of Mississippi?

The nonrenewal of University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones’ contract has shocked and upset many Ole Miss faculty, students, alumni and supporters, as well as others around the state. The move was effectively a firing of Jones by the state IHL Board, though the board undoubtedly would have preferred Jones to have gone quietly by […]

At the Mississippi State University Mitchell Memorial Library’s John Grisham Suite for the next three months, Mississippians have an opportunity to experience one of the most important private African- American art and history exhibits in the world in the form of the Kinsey Collection – the life’s work of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey of Pacific […]

As every legislator knows, no bill is really dead until the Legislature leaves town…especially if the governor wants it to live. But as this column was written late last week, major tax cut bills were dead. The House voted 67 to 52 along party lines for the $555 million compromise tax cut devised by Lt. […]

Politics hurting education at every level in our state Recently, politics has taken the main stage in the education debate in Mississippi, neglecting what should be the true focus – educating our children and young adults. The debate to fully fund our public elementary and secondary schools has raged on in the Legislature, leaving our […]