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Mississippi legislators have drafted and are lining up support for bills that would strip the state's higher education board of the right to hire and fire university presidents, The Clarion-Ledger reported. The bill would create individual boards for each university and give them that power. It is uncertain if the bills will pass, in part because they require supermajority support because they were filed after the normal deadline for legislation. But many lawmakers are endorsing the idea, based in part on their frustrations that the state board has decided not to renew the contract of Dan Jones as chancellor of the University of Mississippi.

Also on Tuesday, the Faculty Senate at Mississippi unanimously passed a resolution that the body "expresses its utmost confidence in Chancellor Jones and calls upon the board to immediately reverse its decision and renew his contract."