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College Board: Breakup to Makeup for Contract Dispute

JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi legislature is considering a proposal to break up the state’s College Board.

Proposals to allow each university to have its own board of trustees and change the present college board to a board of governors were introduced in both the House in Senate Tuesday.  Supporters of the bill are angry over the decision not to renew the contract of Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones.

Under it, the board members would still be responsible for statewide oversight; but would not control decisions at each university.

A similar idea was introduced in 2009, but failed.  In order for it even to be considered this year–the deadline for new legislation has already passed, the proposal must get yes votes from 81 representatives and 34 senators.

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