CANTON, Miss. (WTVA) - The state College Board released a statement and timeline regarding the search and hiring of the new Ole Miss chancellor on Monday night.
"The Board of Trustees followed its Policies and Bylaws throughout the search process for a University of Mississippi Chancellor. The Board initiated its search process pursuant to IHL policy 201.0509. It is important to note that Section E. of Policy 201.0509, entitled “Recruitment”, allows the Board, at any point in the search process, to add additional candidates to the pool being considered without starting the process over.
The IHL released this timeline.
Policy 201.0509 E. goes on to state that “The decision regarding whether to have any such additional candidates reviewed by the Campus Search Advisory Committee is in the discretion of the Board. Additional interviews may be conducted as desired by the Board.”
When the Board decided on October 3 to ask Dr. Glenn Boyce to discuss possibly taking the position as Chancellor, and when the Board interviewed Dr. Boyce for the position on October 3, the Board was exercising Section E. of Policy 201.0509.
The Board next followed its Bylaw 301.0510 D. when it voted to suspend/waive the remainder of the requirements of its search process within Policy 201.0509 and to hire Dr. Boyce as Chancellor. Bylaw 301.0510 D. states that “A member may move to suspend any policies, bylaws or rules. A motion to suspend shall state the matter of business to be considered, must be properly seconded, and shall fail without a vote in favor of same by at least seven members of the Board.”
Once again, the Board of Trustees followed its Policies and Bylaws throughout the search process for a UM Chancellor."
Dr. Glenn Boyce was hired as the new Ole Miss chancellor in early October.
Many students were upset at the hire, saying the IHL was not transparent in the way they went about hiring him.
Last week, the faculty senate passed a resolution asking the college board for "complete accounting and detailed timeline of the recently completed search for the next chancellor of the University of Mississippi."
The faculty senate gave the College Board a deadline of 5 p.m. on October 15 to have all of the information that is sought to be turned into them.
Their issues with the state College Board include, in their words, -- a lack of transparency and communication with campus constituencies, particularly students, during the search process.
Several protests and marches have also taken place since Boyce's hiring.