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December 2016

Friday, December 2, 2016 - 1:05pm by Jennifer Ford

John Davis Williams retired as Chancellor of the University of Mississippi in 1968 after serving in that position twenty-one years. His tenure was longer than any other chancellor in the history of the institution to date. Williams arrived on the Oxford campus at a time when the University was undergoing rapid change in response to an influx of World War II veterans. He served during the turbulent years of the Joseph McCarthy era and in 1968 left behind an integrated University after more than a century of segregation.