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 37 years of experience at Brown, Duke, Purdue, and Texas A&M Universities and the University of Kansas before becoming chancellor of Mississippi’s flagship university in January 2016.
Since then, the University of Mississippi has attained “R1 — Highest Research Activity” designation by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, placing the school in the top 2.5% of the nation’s colleges and universities. The University of Mississippi is the state’s largest and top-ranked university and has set records for student admissions, credentials, and retention.
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 STEM building, children’s hospital expansion, and student center. Dr. Vitter’s priorities include the creation of faculty networks called “Flagship Constellations,” major community partnerships, and greater capacity and reach of the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
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 a 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 a practicing anesthesiologist. Scott, a former U.S. Army Ranger and captain, is a PhD student in mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Audrey is on the G.E. Corporate Audit Staff in Zurich, Switzerland. The Vitters are enthusiastic about the arts and genealogy and are huge sports fans.
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