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Creation of Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on History and Context
March 29, 2016

Greetings,

Spring has arrived at the University of Mississippi, and with it the campus has transformed from the winter season into a spectacular array of colors and signs of renewal. I particularly want to thank Jeff McManus and his team in Landscape Services for the incredible work they do to showcase our beautiful campus.





UM Begins Installing Plaque Offering Context for Confederate Statue
March 11, 2016

Greetings,

I am writing to provide you with information on the university’s continued implementation of strategies to recognize our history in a balanced and contextual manner.

To that end, the university has begun work at the Confederate statue in the Lyceum Circle to contextualize the history surrounding the memorial. A concrete pad has been laid at the site in preparation for placement of a plaque, which is expected to be in place by month’s end.





Reinstatement of the Office of University Relations
March 4, 2016

Re: Reinstatement of the Office of University Relations and Appointment of an Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and Sponsored Programs

Through the Flagship Forum and other stakeholder interactions over the past two months, we are engaging in important conversations about the future of the university — about key aspects we need to sustain as well as where our best opportunities exist to go from great to greater. One of the areas coming into sharp focus is research and scholarship across the full spectrum of discovery, creative achievement, and translational research. Our recent first-ever designation as “R1: Highest Research Activity” in the Carnegie classification puts us into the top 2.5% of U.S. institutions, and it challenges us not only to maintain that designation but also to build upon it.





Welcome to the Flagship Forum Website
February 29, 2016

Greetings!

This day marks the launch of a new website flagship.OleMiss.edu designed to memorialize and elevate the important conversations we are having across the university as part of the Flagship Forum we began at the start of this semester. It is my hope that this site will become a virtual “water cooler” (or in more modern parlance, perhaps a “Starbucks”), around which we can all gather to share information and inspire thoughtful discourse about the important challenges and opportunities before us.





Letter to UMMC faculty and staff from Chancellor Vitter
February 24, 2016

Greetings Colleagues,

When I was named the preferred candidate to become University of Mississippi chancellor, one of my first priorities was to visit the Medical Center to meet and get to know our gifted faculty and staff through a listening session at the Jackson campus.





Letter to UMMC Students from Chancellor Vitter
February 24, 2016

Greetings Students!

When I was named the preferred candidate to become University of Mississippi chancellor last fall, one of my first priorities was to visit the Medical Center to meet and get to know our magnificent health sciences students through a listening session at the Jackson campus.