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The Education of a Lifetime is a compelling memoir by former Ole Miss Chancellor Robert Khayat. Khayat writes about his childhood days in Moss Point, Mississippi, the state s segregationist policies that prevented his SEC championship baseball team from playing in the College World Series, and the sadness of experiencing his father s arrest and guilty plea. These seemingly The Education of a Lifetime is a compelling memoir by former Ole Miss Chancellor Robert Khayat. Khayat writes about his childhood days in Moss Point, Mississippi, the state s segregationist policies that prevented his SEC championship baseball team from playing in the College World Series, and the sadness of experiencing his father s arrest and guilty plea. These seemingly disparate events worked to prepare him to battle the vestiges of racial strife that continued to haunt the university s culture as he accepted the honor of becoming the university s 15th chancellor. Khayat s story gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at how a university moved from mediocrity to excellence. We relive, along with Khayat, the courting of an eccentric donor, as well as private conversations with a sitting U.S. President, governors, coaches and celebrities. We also see how a man worked to make amends for past mistakes. The Education of a Lifetime is a funny, touching and insightful memoir. And it is proof that one man a man dedicated to respecting the dignity of every individual can make lasting change.


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The Education of a Lifetime is a compelling memoir by former Ole Miss Chancellor Robert Khayat. Khayat writes about his childhood days in Moss Point, Mississippi, the state s segregationist policies that prevented his SEC championship baseball team from playing in the College World Series, and the sadness of experiencing his father s arrest and guilty plea. These seemingly The Education of a Lifetime is a compelling memoir by former Ole Miss Chancellor Robert Khayat. Khayat writes about his childhood days in Moss Point, Mississippi, the state s segregationist policies that prevented his SEC championship baseball team from playing in the College World Series, and the sadness of experiencing his father s arrest and guilty plea. These seemingly disparate events worked to prepare him to battle the vestiges of racial strife that continued to haunt the university s culture as he accepted the honor of becoming the university s 15th chancellor. Khayat s story gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at how a university moved from mediocrity to excellence. We relive, along with Khayat, the courting of an eccentric donor, as well as private conversations with a sitting U.S. President, governors, coaches and celebrities. We also see how a man worked to make amends for past mistakes. The Education of a Lifetime is a funny, touching and insightful memoir. And it is proof that one man a man dedicated to respecting the dignity of every individual can make lasting change.

30 review for The Education of a Lifetime

  1. 5 out of 5

    Emily Morphis

    This book is really, really good if you're really, really into Ole Miss, specifically if you're an alumnus ages 30+. I want you to stop what you're doing and rank how important Ole Miss and its history are to you right now on a scale from 1-5. Got it? Okay, now whatever you chose is also exactly how you will rank this book. As a very young alumna, I'm giving it a 3. Khayat is a good man who did great, important, future-changing things, but the book can be dry if you aren't previously engaged in This book is really, really good if you're really, really into Ole Miss, specifically if you're an alumnus ages 30+. I want you to stop what you're doing and rank how important Ole Miss and its history are to you right now on a scale from 1-5. Got it? Okay, now whatever you chose is also exactly how you will rank this book. As a very young alumna, I'm giving it a 3. Khayat is a good man who did great, important, future-changing things, but the book can be dry if you aren't previously engaged in the subject matter.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Madam Pince

    Dr. Robert Khayat, a graduate of Ole Miss and former pro-football player who served as the university’s chancellor from 1995 to 2009, has just come out with a new memoir, The Education of a Lifetime. As someone whose interest in sports is limited to the Alabama-Auburn game every year, I was surprised at how readable it was as a memoir. Intertwining humorous anecdotes from his football career with the challenges he faced during his chancellorship, Khayat chronicles his attempts at tackling oppone Dr. Robert Khayat, a graduate of Ole Miss and former pro-football player who served as the university’s chancellor from 1995 to 2009, has just come out with a new memoir, The Education of a Lifetime. As someone whose interest in sports is limited to the Alabama-Auburn game every year, I was surprised at how readable it was as a memoir. Intertwining humorous anecdotes from his football career with the challenges he faced during his chancellorship, Khayat chronicles his attempts at tackling opponents (in football and in academia), his efforts to increase university standing, funding, enrollment, and obtain membership with Phi Beta Kappa, the national academic honor society. He also sheds light on his part in Ole Miss’s extremely controversial decision to distance itself from the Confederate flag in 1997, a symbol which some regard as an unofficial symbol of the school. While not all will agree with his decision about the flag, it’s clear that Khayat is someone who cares deeply about his home state, and how it’s viewed by the rest of the country. Overall, it’s an informative, uplifting read, recommended for curious football fans and students of local history.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Makes me love Ole Miss even more Could not put this one down, so much I didn't know and so much meaning behind the beautiful buildings and campus. Proud to have two sons at Ole Miss and two more children on their way to that experience of a lifetime. In love with that place even more now. Makes me love Ole Miss even more Could not put this one down, so much I didn't know and so much meaning behind the beautiful buildings and campus. Proud to have two sons at Ole Miss and two more children on their way to that experience of a lifetime. In love with that place even more now.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kellie Reed

    A great book to show the work that Robert Khayat did for Ole Miss. It also talks about his story and how it all connected with the tough decisions he had to make at Ole Miss as chancellor. If you are a Ole Miss graduate, student, or lover of the school, then you should read this book and remember why you fell in love with Ole Miss in the first place.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Austin

    Fascinating memoir of his life and time as chancellor. Read it in a day because I couldn't put it down. Some of the stories, though, might be hard to follow without an Ole Miss background, and it does ramble occasionally. Fascinating memoir of his life and time as chancellor. Read it in a day because I couldn't put it down. Some of the stories, though, might be hard to follow without an Ole Miss background, and it does ramble occasionally.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Royce Reardon

    Dr. Robert Khayat is such an amazing person. Ole Miss would still be a small none thriving university if not for Khayat's diligence, dedication, & love for the university. I'm thankful that Khayat took the time to share he memories. Dr. Robert Khayat is such an amazing person. Ole Miss would still be a small none thriving university if not for Khayat's diligence, dedication, & love for the university. I'm thankful that Khayat took the time to share he memories.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    I absolutely loved this book. I learned so much about Mississippi, Chancellor Khayat, and Ole Miss. Great book. Won the Silver IPPY award in 2014 for best memoir published by a small press. http://hottytoddy.com/2014/05/19/khay... I absolutely loved this book. I learned so much about Mississippi, Chancellor Khayat, and Ole Miss. Great book. Won the Silver IPPY award in 2014 for best memoir published by a small press. http://hottytoddy.com/2014/05/19/khay...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    Well written and very easy to read. Some background history of his upbringing and major life events, especially if they impacted his career. Really good insight into the behind the scenes factors in making some much needed changes at the University to bring it into the 21st Century.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Maridith Geuder

    The book is candid, well written and inspiring. I have hope for Mississippi because of leaders like this.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Marvin

    If you're invested in Ole Miss's future, it's best to its past. Read this account by Chancellor Khayat to get a better understanding of the people who make the university what it is. If you're invested in Ole Miss's future, it's best to its past. Read this account by Chancellor Khayat to get a better understanding of the people who make the university what it is.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    Quick read. Touching. Wonderful insights about the character and integrity of a truly fine man and the leadership and courage needed to run an institution of higher education in contemporary times.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Finney Moore

    Great story and Very easy to read !!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kay Card

    Great read!

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