Supporters of new Ole Miss chancellor optimistic about university’s future
OXFORD, Miss. (WCBI) – The official announcement naming Glenn Boyce as chancellor may have been cancelled because of protestors, but there are many who support the new leader for Ole Miss.
As protesters held signs and chanted slogans, those supporting the new chancellor sat quietly in the Ford Ballroom at The Inn At Ole Miss.
Shortly after noon, Ford Dye, vice president of the IHL board of trustees tried to start the meeting, but was drowned out by protesters. At least one person was forcibly removed by police, and the Boyce supporters erupted into applause.
Moments later, the campus police chief stepped to the podium and announced the news conference would not take place.
Although the official announcement wasn’t made at press, Glenn Boyce is the new chancellor at The University of Mississippi. Many in the press conference support the decision and wanted to hear what Boyce had to say about moving the university forward.
“To students here, I would say, the most important thing is their education, the whole reason the university exists is to provide a quality education to these young men and women who come here looking for an opportunity to be able to better themselves and hopefully we can all come together to take this university to new heights,” said Augustus Collins, president of the Ole Miss Alumni Association.
“We have in our country, the last presidential elections, chosen two different presidents, had President Obama, and President Trump. Regardless whether you like one philosophy or the other, the day the President is elected should be a day all Americans unite and celebrate the decision of all our country and support the President. This is a day we should be supporting our chancellor,” said Ole Miss Alum and Oxford resident, Lee Paris.
Doctor Boyce will begin serving as chancellor on or before October 13.
Dr Boyce holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Mississippi, a masters in education administration from Mississippi College and a doctorate in education leadership from the University of Mississippi.