OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) – Ole Miss’ Chancellor Emeritus Robert Khayat received an award named after former Mississippi Gov. William Winter and late Tupelo businessman Jack Reed, Sr.
Khayat received the 2017 Mississippi Association of Partners in Education (MAPE) Winter-Reed Partnership Award during a tribute held Tuesday.
He was honored for his “tireless lifelong commitment to improving education.”
Khayat said this award is special because he greatly admires Winter and Reed.
“Knowing Mr. Reed through the years and knowing Gov. Winter all these years, I know what remarkably generous men they were to continue giving so much of their lives to public service. This is a tremendous honor,” he said.
Under Khayat’s leadership, Ole Miss achieved record heights of excellence. He served as the university’s chancellor from 1995 until his retirement in 2009.
He is credited with several achievements, including increasing the school’s enrollment by 43 percent and bringing more than $100 million in research and development grants to the university.
He also excelled on the athletic field where he was an Academic All-American football player and an All-SEC catcher for the 1959 and 1960 SEC Champion baseball teams.
“Robert Khayat showed genuine transformational leadership as chancellor of Ole Miss at a time when others would have preferred the status quo,” said MAPE President Phil Hardwick. “His memoir, ‘The Education of a Lifetime,’ should be required reading not only for educations but for anyone in a leadership position. He truly exhibits the spirit of the Winter-Reed Award.”