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Vitter inspects Ole Miss ROTC units
November 17, 2016

Article in Mississippi Today

Jeffrey Vitter conducted his first inspection of University of Mississippi ROTC programs Thursday on campus.

The annual Pass in Review ceremony on the Circle in front of the Lyceum Building included a keynote address to the cadets from Vitter, who became chancellor in January, according to an Ole Miss press release.

“It is an honor to be standing here today amongst a group of heroes, our students who have put aside their personal interest for the sake of serving something larger than themselves,” Vitter said. “The University of Mississippi and our ROTC programs have a long and proud heritage of service to our university, state and nation. I applaud you – cadets and midshipmen – for upholding that proud legacy.”

New chancellor challenges Ole Miss family: “Just imagine what we will do.”
November 11, 2016

Article on Chancellor Vitter's investiture in Mississippi Today by Ashley F. G. Norwood

[You can watch Chancellor Vitter's speech and the entire investiture ceremony online at]

Dr. Jeffrey S. Vitter submitted his vision for the University of Mississippi on Thursday.

“Learning from our past, we will create a vibrant future,” he said. “We will transform lives, communities and the world. Just imagine what we will do.”

Vitter was formally installed as the university’s 17th chancellor during an investiture ceremony at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts on the Ole Miss campus.

Two fun interviews with the Vitters' three kids
November 10, 2016

Click here to see a short interview of Jillian, Scott, and Audrey Vitter by Newswatch Ole Miss.

And click here for a short take on a hiking trip gone awry.

Celebrate Jeff Vitter’s investiture at Ole Miss: The next chapter of leadership
November 8, 2016

Article in Oxford Eagle by David Magee

[You can watch Chancellor Vitter's speech and the entire investiture ceremony online at]

When Ole Miss invests Jeff Vitter as Chancellor this week, it is a moment for all who live and live the the goodness our flagship university brings to the state and beyond to celebrate, together.

We have a legacy of excellence from our contemporary chancellors, and Vitter undoubtedly has the leadership, skills and vision to match up well with that list of heavy-hitters.

Porter Fortune was a warm, smart heart when a warm, smart heart was needed. Gerald Turner knew Ole Miss could rise far beyond Mississippi, and was unflinching in his commitment to position the University as a national player.

The Talented Mr. Vitter
November 7, 2016

Article in Oxford Magazine by Austin Dean

On the first night of 2016, Ole Miss fans lit up the Superdome in New Orleans after watching their beloved Rebels win a Sugar Bowl for the first time in decades.

As the crowd erupted after the game watching quarterback Chad Kelly and Coach Hugh Freeze raise the Sugar Bowl trophy in victory, most of them paid little to no attention to the man standing near them united in celebration.

It was Jeffrey Vitter’s first day as chancellor of the University of Mississippi. And he spent it in New Orleans throwing landsharks and tweeting photos from the game as if he were a lifelong fan.

Q&A: Things You Never Knew About Chancellor Vitter
September 16, 2016

Interview in conducted with John Touloupis

John Touloupis: You’ve now been Chancellor for a little over nine months, talk about how life in Oxford has been and what’s the community like?

Chancellor Vitter: Being from New Orleans, I knew I would be right at home with the people, the food, the attitudes and especially the weather. Even with those expectations, it has been amazing how quickly Sharon and I have felt at home, how quickly we became part of the Ole Miss family. Over the last 34 years, we have been fortunate to live and serve in a number of great university communities, but there is something really special about Ole Miss and Oxford.

Vitter, UM family make their voices, ideas heard
August 31, 2016

Article in The Oxford Eagle by Edwin Smith

By Edwin Smith

Furthering his efforts to increase and improve internal and external communications, University of Mississippi Chancellor Jeffrey S. Vitter launched the university’s first Town Hall meeting Monday.

Several hundred UM faculty, staff and students joined the chancellor in the Gertrude C. Ford Ballroom at the Inn at Ole Miss for the open forum.

Vitter, whose extensive use of social media and frequent interactions have earned him a reputation for being accessible, used both small-group discussions and a question-and-answer session to generate conversations about how to make what he acknowledges is already a “great university” into an even greater institution in the years to come.