Monday, September 26, 2011
Ole Miss Professor Found Dead
Foul Play Suspected
by Kelly Shackleford, Staff Reporter
The body of Oxonian Kimberly Pace, 35, was found in the basement of her home on September 25, 2011. The victim's sister Rebecca Pace, also of Oxford, was one of a small group of friends who discovered the body Sunday morning. The Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department has not released any details on the cause of death but Public Information Officer Elizabeth Jones said the case is being treated as a homicide. Sources close to the investigation say the victim apparently suffered some sort of head and neck trauma, but Jones declined to confirm or deny this information.
Kimberly Pace was an Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of Mississippi. She had been on the faculty since 2009. Last week, Dr. Pace was involved in a controversy on campus regarding accusations that students can buy grades. After a letter to the editor of The Daily Mississippian accusing unidentified professors of selling grades, Dr. Pace wrote to the editor in response. She said in part, "The faculty, past and present, has always been devoted to the highest standards of learning... To engage in the activity Mr. Bender alleges would not only go against every ethical and academic principle we hold dear, but would deprive the students of the very knowledge we seek to share."
Rebecca Pace did not respond to requests for an interview. At press time, no funeral arrangements had been announced.