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Maintaining Safe, Welcoming Environment for All
August 22, 2017

I am so pleased to welcome everyone back to an exciting new academic year. Our campuses come alive with optimism and energy each August when our full student body returns — students truly form the heart of our Ole Miss community.

Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on History and Context Final Report
July 6, 2017


As we complete our celebration of our nation’s birthday, I am writing to update the University of Mississippi community about another important milestone: the conclusion of the work of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on History and Context (CACHC).

Clarifying Misperceptions about Work of CACHC
March 9, 2017

I am writing today to clarify misperceptions about the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on History and Context and its work. I refer everyone to my June 10, 2016 letter, which explains in detail the importance of the work, the progress made, and the committee’s remaining work. Feedback on the letter was very positive. We have since been doing exactly what the letter laid out, and we will continue to do so.

Welcome Back Message from Chancellor Jeffrey S. Vitter
January 23, 2017

Welcome back!

Our Oxford campus, thanks to great care by our superb team of groundskeepers, is lush and alive and worthy of its perennial rating as the nation’s most beautiful. It’s hard to believe how quickly the Grove has become so green. I trust you are well-rested and recharged, ready to embark upon a new semester. I know I certainly am; we have much to accomplish, grand challenges to tackle, and new heights to achieve.

A Thanksgiving Message
November 23, 2016

Dear Students and Colleagues:

As we take a brief break from a busy academic year and gather in the coming days with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, we have much to be grateful for here at the University of Mississippi. First and foremost, Sharon and I are grateful to count ourselves as members of the Ole Miss family and the LOU community. We are a family filled with committed students, creative faculty, dedicated staff, and passionate alumni. I appreciate all you do as members of this community to enable our role as a flagship university to advance society through learning, discovery, and engagement.

The University of Mississippi Reaffirms Commitment to Foster Conversations and Actions to Address Challenges Facing our Community and Country
November 15, 2016


In the wake of the presidential election, the vast majority of our community has looked to our UM Creed to guide their interactions with others. I applaud that approach. Sadly, there have been some incidents founded in hatred and aimed at evoking fear and intimidation in some members of our community and nationwide. Such acts are unacceptable.