EDUCATION

Search for new University of Mississippi leader begins as some wonder about long-term damage

  • University of Miss Chancellor Dan Jones speaks at a press conference at the Lyceum in Oxford,  Miss. on Thursday, April 2, 2015. Jones announced that he and the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning could not reach an agreement on his future as chancellor and that he would be leaving his position when his contract ends in September. (AP Photo/Oxford Eagle, Bruce Newman)

    University of Miss Chancellor Dan Jones speaks at a press conference at the Lyceum in Oxford, Miss. on Thursday, April 2, 2015. Jones announced that he and the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning could not reach an agreement on his future as chancellor and that he would be leaving his position when his contract ends in September. (AP Photo/Oxford Eagle, Bruce Newman)  (The Associated Press)

  • University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones speaks at a press conference at the Lyceum in Oxford, Miss., Thursday, April 2, 2015.  Jones announced that he and the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning could not reach an agreement on his future as chancellor and that he would be leaving his position when his contract ends in September. (AP Photo/Oxford Eagle, Thomas Graning) MAGS OUT, NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT

    University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones speaks at a press conference at the Lyceum in Oxford, Miss., Thursday, April 2, 2015. Jones announced that he and the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning could not reach an agreement on his future as chancellor and that he would be leaving his position when his contract ends in September. (AP Photo/Oxford Eagle, Thomas Graning) MAGS OUT, NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones, right, hugs Sierra Mannie following a press conference at the Lyceum in Oxford, Miss., Thursday, April 2, 2015.  Jones announced that he and the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning could not reach an agreement on his future as chancellor and that he would be leaving his position when his contract ends in September. (AP Photo/Oxford Eagle, Thomas Graning) MAGS OUT, NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT

    University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones, right, hugs Sierra Mannie following a press conference at the Lyceum in Oxford, Miss., Thursday, April 2, 2015. Jones announced that he and the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning could not reach an agreement on his future as chancellor and that he would be leaving his position when his contract ends in September. (AP Photo/Oxford Eagle, Thomas Graning) MAGS OUT, NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

With University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones on his way out, state Higher Education Commissioner Jim Borsig says the state College Board will launch a national search to replace him.

Jones and the board Thursday said they couldn't reach an agreement to extend his contract, scheduled to end in September. Trustees offered Jones an extension that would have forced him to retire in June 2017 after protests over his nonrenewal. But Jones says he didn't want to be a lame duck leader and should quit if he didn't have the board's confidence.

Trustees say Jones hasn't done enough to improve financial and contracting management at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Jones says management is improving.

The decision provoked widespread protests by many alumni, students, faculty and donors.