UPDATE: According to the official University of Mississippi press release, the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning unanimously voted Glenn Boyce as the next chancellor.

According to Mississippi Today, President Michael Benson was one of eight potential candidates considered for the position.   

Boyce was not listed as one of the eight original candidates for the position.

He will begin serving as chancellor on or before October 13, 2019.


Oct. 2: For the second time in a year, president Michael Benson is possibly pursuing another job at a different university, this time it’s the University of Mississippi, according to media outlets in Mississippi. 

In an article released by The Oxford Eagle on Sept. 30, Benson is listed as one of eight candidates that could be interviewing for the chancellor position at the university. He was also listed as one of eight candidates in a Mississippi Today article on Sept. 29.  

The Eastern Progress contacted the president's office for a comment, but was told that Benson was unavailable and was directed to Kristi Middleton, chief external affairs officer. Middleton referred the Progress to the University of Mississippi for comment on the report and information about Benson’s candidacy for the chancellor position. The Progress is waiting for a comment from the University of Mississippi.  

Along with Benson, Kelly Damphousse, chancellor of Arkansas State; Sharon Graber, president of the University of Toledo; Bill Hardgrave, provost and senior vice president at Auburn; Chris Howard, president of Robert Morris; Cal Mayo, founding partner of Mayo Mallette PLLC in Oxford; Robert Robbins, president of the University of Arizona and Fred Slabach, president of Texas Wesleyan received interview invitations from the board.

The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning’s are scheduled to meet and discuss the chancellor position today, Oct. 3.  

The chancellor position is expected to be filled by the end of the month.

Benson was one of three finalists for the president opening at the College of Charleston on Nov. 8, 2018, but was not selected for the position.

The Eastern Progress will update this story as more information becomes available.

*Clarification: A portion of this story has been removed until independent confirmation can be made. The Progress has updated information in this story with attribution to sources and clarified board of trustees meetings being conducted this week. 

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