OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Interim University of Mississippi Chancellor Morris Stocks says he ordered the Mississippi state flag taken down because it “had become a point of contention.”READ MORE: Dallas County Considering Cash, Other Prizes To Get More People Vaccinated
Stocks was among a small group that watched three university police officers lower the flag from a pole in front of the university’s administration building around sunrise Monday.
The move could ease the path for Stocks’ likely successor, Jeffrey Vitter. Currently the University of Kansas provost, Vitter is likely to be hired Thursday by Mississippi’s College Board if on-campus interviews go well.READ MORE: Allen Couple Says Bobcat Family Moved Into Backyard
Stocks says he was trying to end campus contention, not shield Vitter from a difficult decision.
The interim chancellor says the flag was sent to university archives and will be displayed in the library alongside resolutions from students, faculty and staff requesting its removal.MORE NEWS: Several Servers Arrested At Shops At Legacy In Plano For Overserving Alcohol
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