Jeffrey S. Vitter
Jeffrey S. Vitter is the 17th chancellor of the University of Mississippi and Distinguished Professor of Computer and Information Science. He is a passionate advocate for higher education with over 38 years of experience at noted universities Brown, Duke, Purdue, Texas A&M, and Kansas before becoming chancellor of Mississippi’s flagship university in January 2016.
As the chancellor of the state’s largest and top-ranked university, Dr. Vitter is a strong proponent of the power of higher education to transform lives, communities, and the world. Under his leadership, Ole Miss is continuing its long legacy of academic excellence and expanding its campus with a $1 billion construction program that includes a forthcoming state-of-the-art Science Innovation Institute, expansion of the Batson Children’s Hospital, and a new recreation center and transportation hub.
Dr. Vitter has charted the university’s momentum through a dynamic strategic plan Flagship Forward to achieve ever greater heights. Ole Miss is continuing its legacy of leadership in academic excellence and engagement with the creation of superlative networks of faculty called Flagship Constellations, the engagement with Mississippi communities called M Partner, and annual Technology Summits. Dr. Vitter is committed to achieving a healthier Mississippi through greater capacity and reach of the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Dr. Vitter relishes his role as the voice of the university. Since arriving at Ole Miss, he has greatly expanded communication and connectivity via town halls, informational blogs, and robust use of social media. He and wife Sharon are frequently seen around campus, in the Grove, at athletic events, in the State Capitol, and at restaurant counters throughout Mississippi, getting to know people the old-fashioned way.
Dr. Vitter is a renowned computer scientist with research expertise in big data and data science, especially the algorithmic aspects of processing, compressing, and communicating massive amounts of information. He has been elected a Fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator, a Fulbright Scholar, and an IBM Faculty Development Awardee.
A native of New Orleans, Vitter graduated in mathematics with highest honors from the University of Notre Dame in 1977 and earned a Ph.D. under Don Knuth in computer science at Stanford University in 1980. He also holds an MBA in 2002 from Duke University.
Dr. Vitter’s wife Sharon is a native Kansan and pharmacy alumna of KU. Their three children Jillian, Scott, and Audrey were born in Providence, RI and are Notre Dame alumni. Jillian received her medical degree from Georgetown University and is an assistant professor of anesthesiology at the University of Colorado. Scott, a former U.S. Army Ranger, earned a PhD in mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and works for Bain & Company in Chicago. Audrey holds a master’s degree in supply chain from Pennsylvania State University and works for G.E. Aviation near Boston. The Vitters are passionate about the arts and genealogy and are huge sports fans.
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