Robert Khayat

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Robert Khayat
Date of birth: (1938-04-18) April 18, 1938 (age 76)
Place of birth: Moss Point, Mississippi
Career information
Position(s): Placekicker
College: Mississippi
NFL Draft: 1960 / Round: 6 / Pick: 69
(by the Cleveland Browns)
Organizations
As player:
1960,1962-1963 Washington Redskins
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls: 1 (1960)
Career stats
Playing stats at NFL.com

Robert Conrad Khayat (born April 18, 1938) was the 15th Chancellor of the University of Mississippi. He was appointed in 1995. Khayat, a former student of the University of Mississippi, is the only Chancellor of the university to be a member of the Student Hall of Fame there. He has degrees from both the University of Mississippi and Yale University. Khayat played American football in the National Football League as a kicker for the Washington Redskins.

In one of his first acts as chancellor, Dr. Khayat arranged for a $5.4 million gift from Jim and Sally Barksdale to establish an honors college at the university. In 1996, with enrollment declining, Chancellor Khayat retained the public relations firm, Burson-Marsteller, to conduct a survey of public perception — including university symbols. When The New York Times reported on the review, which included the Confederate Flag and other Old South symbols, a media frenzy ensued.

He was born in Moss Point, Mississippi.

On January 6, 2009, Dr. Khayat announced his retirement effective June 30, 2009.[1] He was replaced by Dr. Daniel "Dan" Jones on June 15, 2009.

Chancellor Khayat's memoir, The Education of a Lifetime, will be published on September 10, 2013.

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