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IHL: Chancellor Vitter announces plan to return to faculty; Board thanks Chancellor for his service
November 9, 2018

Press release by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning.

The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning President Shane Hooper thanked Chancellor and Distinguished Professor Jeffrey S. Vitter for the many contributions he has made to the University of Mississippi as Dr. Vitter announced his intent to return to the faculty.

“Dr. Vitter has made substantial contributions to the University of Mississippi during his three years as Chancellor,” said Trustee Hooper. “His leadership has moved the university forward in numerous ways and we are grateful for his service.”

Steering Ole Miss to Greater Economic and Academic Gains
October 31, 2018

Cover story in Delta Business Journal by Becky Gillette

A lot has happened in the almost three years since Dr. Jeffrey Vitter took the helm as Chancellor of the University of Mississippi. Ole Miss is the Flagship University of the state, considered the best-known college in the state with the largest enrollment, just over 23,258. With an annual budget of $2.5 billion, it is also an economic powerhouse.

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Ole Miss chancellor shares vision for university’s future
April 28, 2018

Article in Daily Corinthian by Zack Steen

“Flagship Forward.”

It’s the simple, yet profound strategic plan for The University of Mississippi, and one UM’s top official is immensely proud of.

Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter was among the Ole Miss royalty at the Crossroads Arena on Thursday as the BancorpSouth Rebel Road Trip made its seventh stop in Corinth.

“This is a amazing turnout and definitely the biggest crowd we have had so far,” Vitter told the more than 400 Rebel faithful in attendance. “It is great to see so many passionate Ole Miss Rebels here, and it’s even greater to be able to share with everyone the momentum we have right now across our entire flagship university.”

Vitter lays out Ole Miss plan for excellence
April 28, 2018

Article in The Dispatch by Slim Smith

During Tuesday's speaking engagement at the Columbus Rotary Club meeting at Lion Hills Center, University of Mississippi Chancellor Jeff Vitter set the record straight on one point: He does not wear a back brace.

"It's a copy of our strategic plan," Vitter said. "I keep it in my back pocket wherever I go."

The plan has not been reduced to a pocket-sized pamphlet. It is contained in an 8-by-11-inch plastic binder that Vitter folds over and sticks in his hip pockets.

"It's rough on pockets," he admitted. "When I went to an Ole Miss Women's Council (meeting), one of the women gave me a hug. She thought I was wearing a back brace."

Vitter said he can't bear to be without the plan, which details a $1 billion plan designed to carry Ole Miss into a future when students and communities are transformed through the power of higher education. Flagship Forward.”

MPB News: Mississippi Edition: Friday, July 7, 2017
July 12, 2017

“Hear from state commissioners on the Kemper energy facility settlement process. Then, Ole Miss is trying to provide more context for its historical landmarks, monuments, and named buildings. And Miss Mississippi is on her quest for the Miss America crown. Plus, Mark Coblentz goes from MasterChef Junior to MPBs Fit to Eat.” MPB

To listen to the full interview on Mississippi Public Broadcasting, click this link:

Mississippi Edition: Friday, July 7th (Chancellor Vitter's interview begins at 4 minutes and 45 seconds.)

Ole Miss Musings Interview: 14 Questions With Chancellor Vitter
March 14, 2017

Interview in by Steve Vassallo

Just being in the company of Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter, even for just a short while, stimulates you upon hearing all of the great opportunities awaiting our beloved university. His enthusiasm is contagious, but it goes beyond this. You can sense in his responses that a well-charted path has been clearly thought out and the “Best Days” for Ole Miss are still ahead.


Ole Miss chancellor touts progress amid budget concerns
February 8, 2017

Article in The Dispatch by Alex Holloway

University of Mississippi Chancellor Jeff Vitter told Columbus Rotarians on Tuesday that nothing is more vital to the state’s future than higher education.

Vitter, who has served as chancellor for a little longer than a year, said the university is improving on several fronts, from growing enrollment to record-high ACT scores and grade-point averages for incoming students.

However, Vitter said the University of Mississippi — and all universities in the state — must grapple with the reality of tightening state budgets.

Vitter’s flagship vision sets Ole Miss on new course
January 30, 2017

Article and video interview in Mississippi Today by Ashley F. G. Norwood

During his first year in office, University of Mississippi Chancellor Jeffrey S. Vitter accomplished something no other leader of a university in the state has: appointing a vice chancellor for diversity and community engagement.

“For many years, we have been in the process to add (such a role). Chancellor Vitter brought it to the forefront to make it happen,” says Dr. Donald Cole, assistant provost at the university.

“Diversity is a multifaceted component — academics, race, profession, sexual orientation, etc. It is in these areas where you bring different ideas and perspectives that make us a more imaginative and innovative community,” says Vitter.