OXFORD, Miss.- The board announced their decision Thursday that Provost Morris Stocks would assume the position as Chancellor of the University of Mississippi when Dan Jones steps down on June 15th.
Stocks currently serves as the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the university.
“It’s with a mixture of sadness and joy that I make this transition,” Jones said in a press release. “I’m certainly sad to not continue my role as chancellor but joyful both by the appointment of Provost Morris Stocks as our next leader and joyful for my 30-year association with the university and my 12 years of leadership: six at the medical center and six as chancellor. Provost Stocks is responsible for many of the decisions that led to our rapid growth in enrollment and improvement in important metrics such as our freshman to sophomore retention rate. I know all the constituencies of our great university will support Dr. Stocks’ leadership in the coming months.”