Response to Statement Issued by Ed Meek on Saturday, Sept. 22

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September 22, 2018

The following is a statement from Chancellor Jeffrey S. Vitter in response to a statement issued Saturday, September 22 by Dr. Ed Meek:

“For more than 50 years, Ed Meek has played a critical role in moving our university forward. While his request tonight to remove his name from the Meek School of Journalism and New Media was made selflessly to permit the university to move forward, it is nonetheless regrettable and poignant. A primary hallmark of leadership is the willingness to sacrifice personal gain for the betterment of the whole. We commend the Meek family for their heartfelt response to the concerns of the UM community. We also acknowledge with appreciation and thanks their ongoing and permanent contributions to the university, which will be recognized by the Meek family’s legacy commitment to all things Ole Miss.”

UPDATES:

Click to read the most recent update on the process on School of Journalism name change on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Read the statement from Chancellor Jeffrey S. Vitter outlining the process to consider a name change on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Click here to read a letter sent to the UM community from Chancellor Jeffrey S. Vitter on Friday, Sept. 21.

Read the message sent from UM leadership about posts made by a UM donor on Thursday, Sept. 20.