Chancellor Douglas A. Girod

Message: Provost Vitter named Chancellor of University of Mississippi

Thursday, October 29, 2015


I am writing to let you know that a key member of our executive team will be leaving the University of Kansas for a new leadership opportunity.

Earlier this afternoon, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter was named the new chancellor at the University of Mississippi. Provost Vitter will finish the semester at KU before leaving for Mississippi and assuming his duties there in early 2016. While this is a loss for the University of Kansas, I am delighted for Jeff, who has served this university with passion for the past five years and will undoubtedly do great work in his new role.

I am pleased to announce that Sara Rosen, senior vice provost for academic affairs and professor of linguistics, has agreed to serve as interim provost beginning January 1. Sara has done great work for the university as senior vice provost, and her experience and expertise position us to continue the momentum we’ve established through our Bold Aspirations strategic plan.

Work will begin on the search process for our next provost in the coming weeks. We will keep you updated.

Jeff has been with the University of Kansas since 2010 and has been integral to our most important initiatives. He has overseen the design and implementation of Bold Aspirations, which continues to guide KU's vision as a top-tier public research university. He directed the implementation of the KU Core curriculum and oversaw expansion of the schools of Engineering and Business, major growth of technology commercialization and corporate partnerships, and administrative reorganization through our Changing for Excellence initiative. He has also spearheaded our Foundation Professor initiative, which has brought nine outstanding new researchers to KU.

The University of Kansas and the state we serve have benefitted immensely from Jeff’s efforts. Please join me in congratulating him on his new position and thanking him for his service to KU.


Bernadette Gray-Little

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