Dr. Jeffrey Vitter is Distinguished Professor of Computer and Information Science at the University of Mississippi (a.k.a. Ole Miss). He has 39 years of experience as a passionate advocate for higher education. He served on the faculty and in leadership roles at noted AAU universities Brown, Duke, Purdue, Texas A&M, and Kansas, before leading Ole Miss as its 17th chancellor from January 2016 to January 2019.
Fueled by his belief in the power of higher education to transform lives, communities, and the world, Dr. Vitter charted Ole Miss’ momentum through a dynamic strategic plan Flagship Forward focused on achieving ever greater heights. Dr. Vitter instituted annual Technology Summits, created superlative networks of faculty called Flagship Constellations, and initiated major engagement with communities through the M Partner initiative. He also provided leadership to achieve a healthier Mississippi through greater capacity and reach of the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Dr. Vitter is an internationally known computer scientist with research expertise in big data and data science, especially the algorithmic aspects of processing, compressing, and communicating massive amounts of information. For his work in data science, he has been elected a Fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Academy of Inventors, 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, earned a Ph.D. under Don Knuth in computer science at Stanford University in 1980, and received an MBA in 2002 from Duke University.