A year ago Charleston, South Carolina experienced a tragedy that led to a renewed call to change the state flag. I publicly supported changing the state flag.
Respecting the role of shared governance on our campus, I asked our Student Government Association, Faculty Senate, and Staff Council to engage the university community in a thoughtful conversation about the state flag. And they did.
This conversation was respectful to all points of view and marked by great civility. The university community was united in asking state elected officials to adopt a state flag that unites all Mississippians.
The redesign of the north campus grounds required removing a flag pole and the decision was made at that time to not replace the state flag.
The W's student body reflects Mississippi's wonderful diversity and over 85 percent of our students are from Mississippi. Enrollment is up this fall and we remain committed to our mission of creating opportunities for all Mississippians.