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Town Hall Generates Conversation, Ideas for a Vibrant Future
October 26, 2016


On August 29, 2016, we held the first-ever university-wide Town Hall, with more than 250 participants present from the University of Mississippi community, as well as many others taking part online. I write today to follow up on that dynamic event.

Announcement of CACHC Members
July 28, 2016


On June 10, I wrote to you about the university’s important work related to history and context. That letter described how we are continuing our efforts to contextualize campus sites and buildings through the establishment of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on History and Context.

History, Context, Identity
June 10, 2016


As we complete a productive academic year and immerse ourselves in an energetic summer session, we continue to work on important goals related to history, context, and identity.

Celebrating an Exceptional Spring Semester
May 10, 2016


As Commencement approaches at the University of Mississippi, I would like to congratulate our wonderful faculty, staff, and students on another successful and memorable semester. This week of festivities is a superb time to review past accomplishments and, as the very name “commencement” suggests, to look forward to the vibrant beginnings to come.

Update on My First 100 Days as Your Chancellor
April 11, 2016


As spring bursts forth in vibrant colors all across our campuses, I have just celebrated my 100th day as your chancellor and the 75th as part of the Flagship Forum. I write today to report to you from “mile marker 100.”

Reaffirming Our University’s Mission and Values
April 5, 2016

Dear members of the UM community,

Some of you have inquired about how recent legislation will affect our campus operations and ethos. I am writing to reaffirm that the mission and values of the University of Mississippi have not changed. Our primary purpose is to be an academic institution that creates, evaluates, shares, and applies knowledge in a free, open, and inclusive environment of intellectual inquiry.