After Brandi Hephner LaBanc, formerly the vice chancellor for student affairs, announced that she plans to leave the University of Mississippi, assistant provost Charlotte Fant Pegues will be taking over as the interim vice chancellor for student affairs Nov. 13.
Pegues has worked at the university for 26 years, previously acting as the assistant vice chancellor for student affairs and currently serving as the assistant provost and the registrar in the Office of the Provost.
As vice chancellor for student affairs, Hephner LaBanc oversaw all student affairs on campus, including the dean of students and other offices, such as campus recreation, the Ole Miss Student Union and the office of Fraternal Leadership and Learning. She served as vice chancellor for student affairs since July 2012.
Hephner LaBanc accepted the position of vice chancellor for student affairs and campus life at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her last day at Ole Miss will be Nov. 12.
Before taking the job at Amherst, Hephner LaBanc was a finalist for a similar position in April at the University of Utah. She was not selected for the position and stayed at Ole Miss.
The announcement that Hephner LaBanc was leaving the university came eight days after Glenn Boyce was announced as the university’s 18th chancellor. Her leave adds to the change of positions among leadership on campus, specifically in the office of student affairs. Last spring, Dean of Students Melinda Sutton Noss and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Leslie Banahan left their posts.
Provost Noel Wilkin said that the university will launch a national search to find a replacement for Hephner LaBanc in a statement last month.