Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bounds: No "malfeasance or personal gain" found by 2014 audit of UMMC.

A February 11, 2015 letter from IHL Commissioner Hank Bounds sent to Stacey Pickering contained an interesting little paragraph in closing:

"The MCL review, which was completed on September 26, 2014, did not indicate that any malfeasance or personal gain was achieved due to the findings found in the report.  A final response from UMMC was only recently received...."


Anonymous said...

Is this where I post a gif of Denzel Washington saying, "BOOM"?

Anonymous said...


That article Ronnie Musgrove wrote for Huffington Post sure did connect a lot of the box cars to the money train driven by Barbara, Butler Snow and Bryant.

It might be argued the caboose of the "cash and political scandal express" has been overlooked.

Josh Gregory of "Frontier Strategies" & "Frontier Gulf Coast" is conveniently IHL Board member Ed Blakeslee's newphew.

Anonymous said...

So what?!? Instead of a bunch of thieves at UMMC, they are instead incompetents. If true, then that is still justification to fire the head guy who refused to make changes.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...


Can you post this letter?

Questions include:

Who commissioned (scoped and funded) the MCL review referenced?

Why was this report to Pickering being made in this manner by Bounds?

Anonymous said...

Malfeasance - not ok. Mismanagement - ok. Particularly if it involves 22 million or less.

Anonymous said...

Hank Bounds:

2000 Ph.D.
University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi
Education Leadership
1994 M.Ed.
University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Education Administration
1991 B.S.
University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Health and Human Performance: Sports Administration and
Secondary Education
Teaching Areas: Economics/History

Stacey Pickering:

Pickering is a seventh-generation Mississippian, and was raised in the Hebron community of Jones County on the family dairy farm. Pickering graduated from West Jones High School as a National 4-H scholarship winner and continued his education at Jones County Junior College. He furthered his educational career by earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1993.

No Brother In Law Deals said...

One does not 'achieve' malfeasance. One is perhaps guilty of it or mired in it.

If Pickering knew how to use words he might have used some like misfeasance and nonfeasance. Those seem much more appropriate leading up to a termination for neglect of duty or poor management of contracts.

Evaluation Review Lacking said...

And why wasn't the PEER Committee at some point involved, or, perhaps WERE they. I realize annual (at minimum) audits have to be done with most state agencies, but, would not at some point PEER look at this operation?

But, that would have just been something else for the 'I Stand With Dan' crowd to cry foul over. Nothing will satisfy that lot of nincompoops.

Anonymous said...

Let's fire Bryant for the mismanagement of corrections under his watch.

Anonymous said...

in a few months, you will get your chance to fire Byrant.

This Is Alarming said...

Listened to a bunch of malcontents on the Ole Miss campus today. Listened to a bunch of callers to sports programs. Listened to newscasters today. I bet not 2% of the population has a clue that the Medical School was/is under Jones' watch. They have no idea why they are protesting. None.

Jones Is An Agency Head said...

3:49; You're typical of the low-information crowd of malcontents who have no clue why they are protesting. Are you really hollow-headed enough to think the governor is accountable for every mistep in every state agency during his time in office? Probably so.

Anonymous said...

Those "malcontents" are the future of our state. People could see this was a backroom, good ole boy deal. People are tired of that in this state. People are tired of being 50th in everything. Ole Miss under Khayat and Jones have made the state very proud. They are not giving up on that.

Anonymous said...

I don't like Ole Miss at all but I am proud of Dan Jones for not caving in to Boss. Also proud of students who are standing up for what is right. Well done Ole Miss!

Anonymous said...

Proud of Dan, What a effing joke. If he loved his school he would have stepped down instead of causing this commotion.
Hell, his is 65 and has to go sometime. Only a true jerk would do this!
Forward Rebels in reverse!!

Exactly WHY Are You Bitching? said...

Here's the defining question for you panty-waist marchers and supporters who don't have a clue what you're supporting: Give us one reason why you support the retention of Jones.

"We're standing up for what is right" doesn't count as a reason.

"We're tired of being 5oth is not a reason."

The board are Bryant cronies is not a reason.

Jones is doing a good job is not a reason.

Jones has cancer is not a reason.

The war is over is not a reason.

"I graduated from Ole Miss and am pissed off" is not a reason.

OK.....You May Begin.

Anonymous said...

Ole Miss has some really good writing courses. They are able to help students craft sentences without using derogatory terms like "panty-waist marchers" and "malcontents".

Anonymous said...

I stand with Dan Jones. F the rest of you.

Anonymous said...

I have now decided that I like Dan Jones so much not only should he screw my sister in law but I think I may give him a reach around my own damn self

Anonymous said...

If Ole Miss' writing programs were so good, they would help students learn how to craft sentences both using derogatory terms and not using them.

Or would teach them not to use logical fallacy in argumentum ad populum.

Anonymous said...

I've met Dr. Jones several times when he was at UMMC and never cared for him personally.

But seeing how he really pisses off all the crackers in this state I'm really pulling for the guy now!

Anonymous said...

And so it's the same old trope. Good ol' boy network greases palms and rubs nuts. Only some folks won't play along. Start an investigation to remove the problem. Do it all behind closed doors. Pass it off like as a rebel-flag-protect-our-heritage issue. Get some political hacks to litter the message boards attacking pro-Jones "progressives." Everyone aligns along political lines. Maybe no one will inquire about the men behind the curtain…the ones greasing their palms and rubbing each others' nuts.

Shrimp & Beer @ Sardis said...

I'm glad he's gone.

I hope this crap about the IHL "reconsidering" is rumor only.

Guess we'll see soon enough.

Anonymous said...

I propose a new law. When a board acts, they must allow a 30 day period for bitching, protests, etc. if such bitching, protests, etc. occur. The board must rescind their decision.

Anonymous said...

An announcement will be made in the morning. A great day for the people of this state.

Anonymous said...

8:53 said,

"I've met Dr. Jones several times when he was at UMMC and never cared for him personally.

But seeing how he really pisses off all the crackers in this state I'm really pulling for the guy now!”


That’s really a great way to encourage this so called “dialog” that the progressives are always harping about.

"Coexist" . . . "diversity is our strength" . . and other such goofy slogans.

Yeah, that’s the ticket.

Anonymous said...

They are reforming their traditions by rebelling the current governance. This is the only explanation that makes sense to me.

That and the Ole Miss Family is appaulled that they are indeed part of this state and governed by its bodies.
( they don't want their progress held back and this firing is a perceived attempt to 'undo it all')

None dare call it succession- a state within a state that wants to rid itself of the state.

I'm an outsider in all of this, but it should come as no surprise that the students and alumni of Ole Miss think they run the state- a furtherance on that thought- most of them already do.

Anonymous said...

Gov William Winter is representing Dan at the IHL meetings as a mediator. Let's see how he can work his old magic

Ding! Ding! We have a winner! said...

"I have now decided that I like Dan Jones so much not only should he screw my sister in law but I think I may give him a reach around my own damn self"

Game! Set! Match!

Everyone else can stop typing and sit quietly now :-)

Anonymous said...

And now Clay Chandler reports that in Feb, the Board said the contracts stuff was no biggie.

Their cover story works on some people, as this thread shows, but not on the smarter ones.

Anonymous said...

This all started under Barbour and continues under Bryant. The whole UMC deal is going to turn into another Chris Epps type of deal - with Bryant in the middle of it. Dan Jones is a good man, as well as Keeton. It's ironic that the State Senate confirmed one IHL Board member on Friday morning and the same afternoon Jones was fired. There are still 3 Bryant appointments up for confirmation by the Senate. CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS and tell them not to confirm Bryant's appointments. The # to the Capitol is 601-359-3770.

Anonymous said...

There is a meeting this afternoon of the Universities committee on Bryant's appointments to IHL. It begins at 4PM at the Capitol. Show your support for Dr. Jones and UMC. Be there for them. Tell Bryant to go to HELL! Support the Ole Miss family and march on the Capitol for Jones!

Anonymous said...

7:49 am Expecting IHL not to be a board of " old cronies" is a reason . The other way to state that is " I expect the IHL to focus not on politics or cronies, but to make sure our IHLs become better".

In line with that, is that if Dan Jones or any other Chancellor is doing a good job, you don't fire him unless you are certain you already have someone available who is , without question, can do a better job.

I can hardly wait to see what kind of replacement Ole Miss finds and how long it takes!

And, THAT is something that IHL should know BEFORE they fire anyone!

Anonymous said...

If the IHL board blinks, then legislature should abolish it because it has no real authority.

Anonymous said...

Their cover story works on some people, as this thread shows, but not on the smarter ones.

We're smarter than you are.

Anonymous said...

the UM alums voted against his a$$ already!

Anonymous said...

Commentator at10:35: please look up the definitions of "succession" and "secession"

Anonymous said...

Who is running the show up there in Oxford, several hundred uneducated spoiled inexperienced students or an educated experienced group of proven business leader on the IHL board? PLEASE let me know.

Anonymous said...

Hey Kingfish. Were you taken on a little ride to Mud Island and told that Butler Snow is off limits?

Anonymous said...

If we are basing this on qualifications....Jones as more experience running a hospital than those idiots on the IHL. He just isn't as political minded as them.

Anonymous said...

A petition that hit the floor of the state House of Representatives Monday had a majority of the 122 members' signatures within minutes. There you go 9:53

Anonymous said...

I think some of the old timers in higher places assumed everybody thinks like they do and that the firing would be welcome news. I think all of this outrage shows that (finally) the majority of the Ole Miss family is not stuck in the 1800s.

Anonymous said...

attn. 10:48. You identified the only group (Mississippi house reps.) less responsible and more delusional than college undergraduates.

Anonymous said...

Bounds is a redneck loser. The "old miss family"? please............. Go get drunk in a clump of trees with your parents. Maybe freezer will take you and Machine Gun Kelly on a mission trip. And hire Machine Gun's brother as a scout.

Anonymous said...

It will all come out in the wash - dirty laundry! Phil Bryant and Lynn Fitch came up with this 2 years ago. Bryant wanted Jones out so his IHL Board could appoint Fitch Chancellor of Ole Miss. Follow the money and see!

Anonymous said...

ROFLMAO Now Eli Manning has weighed in.

Wrong Way Jones said...

Why has this story died? Nothing in the news for two days?

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