Chancellor Jeff Vitter Featured Speaker at ‘First-To-Know’ Chamber Breakfast

Jeff Vitter
Chancellor Jeff Vitter highlighted what it means to be an Ole Miss Rebel and accomplishment from the past year. (Photo by Russ Jones)

University of Mississippi Chancellor Jeff Vitter was the featured speaker during the “First-To-Know” breakfast at the Oxford Conference Center Friday morning, sponsored by the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce.

Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber
Over 100 members and guests attended the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber “First-To-Know” breakfast at the Oxford Conference Center. (Photo by Russ Jones)

“First, let me make it clear – we aren’t going to talk about the NCAA,” Vitter said.

As previously reported by, several sources yesterday claim the NCAA has expanded its investigation beyond the initial former Ole Miss left tackle Laremy Tunsil.

Since taking over the helm as Chancellor, Vitter says he’s thought a lot about what it means to be an Ole Miss Rebel.

He laid out three primary themes: first Ole Miss transforms lives, second Ole Miss transforms communities, and third Ole Miss focuses on excellence.

“Things are even better than I thought,” Vitter said. “Ole Miss is in high demand.”

Vitter also added that the Ole Miss brand is strong and has steadily increased over the past 20 years.

In the “First-To-Know” category – the seventeenth Ole Miss Chancellor maintained the university has 450 freshmen in the honors college, a record number of faculty and a record year in giving.

In the UM Foundation’s fiscal year ending June 30, private donors and foundations committed a record $194.3 million to support programs, facilities, and students across all campuses.

Heading into the new semester enrollment is roughly 24,600.

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