Khayat out, Trent Lott in ?

Robert C. Khayat, University of Mississippi chancellor, announced he will retire June 30. Khayat apparently made the announcement to staff this morning. However, he has hinted for months that his departure was inevitable.

The details were revealed on the university’s Web site at

In reaction, the state’s Board of Trustees for Institutions of Higher Learning – which operates the university system – announced it will discuss how to proceed with selecting a replacement.

T-Town Talk has heard rumors that Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott is #1 on the replacement list.

Trent Lott Sr. (born October 9, 1941 in Grenada, Mississippi) is a former United States Senator from Mississippi and a member of the Republican Party. He has served in numerous leadership positions in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, including House Minority Whip, Senate Majority Leader, Senate Minority Leader, and Senate Minority Whip. Lott is the first person to have served as whip in both houses of Congress.[1]

On December 20, 2002, after significant controversy following his racist comments regarding Strom Thurmond‘s presidential candidacy, Lott resigned as Republican Majority Leader in the Senate. In December 2007, he resigned from the Senate entirely and became a Washington-based lobbyist.

Mr. Lott attended college at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, where he obtained an undergraduate degree in public administration in 1963 and a law degree in 1967. He served as a Field Representative for Ole Miss and was president of his fraternity, Sigma Nu. Lott was also an Ole Miss cheerleader, coincidentally on the same team with U.S. Senator Thad Cochran.


One Response to “Khayat out, Trent Lott in ?”

  1. bigwoolymammoth Says:

    the timing of this all sets up quite nicely……is it true? i dont know, but ive heard some other folks discussing this same issue. of the top of my head i couldnt think of a better fit….but the again i dont know a lot about the top tiered chancellors out there.

    regardless…..HOTTY TODDY!!

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