Wednesday, March 29, 2023

UM Chancellor Vitter Reveals New Website: Flagship Forum

Dr. Jeffrey Vitter with his wife, Sharon
Dr. Jeffrey Vitter with his wife, Sharon

Dr. Jeff Vitter has been the University of Mississippi chancellor for 61 days today. The new chancellor has worked hard to connect with the Ole Miss family.

He became the first UM Chancellor to create and operate a Twitter account (@UMchancellor). In late January, he began the Flagship Forum where he met with 65 groups and has 22 more groups to greet in the next two weeks.

Yesterday, he announced a new website has been launched: This website is created as an extension of conversations he has had in the Flagship Forum meetings where he met with faculty, students, staff, alumni, business leaders, public officials and friends.

Dr. Vitter said in his recent Chancellor’s Letter: “It is my hope that this site will become a virtual ‘water cooler’ (or in more modern parlance, perhaps a ‘Starbucks’), around which we can all gather to share information and inspire thoughtful discourse about the important challenges and opportunities before us.”

He noted the core questions that guided his Flagship Forum meetings:

    1.) What is distinctive about our university that should never change as we move forward?
    2.) What makes our university great?
    3.) How do we go from great to greater?


On this website, Dr. Vitter will keep the Ole Miss family and supporters informed on the Flagship Forum discussions. Through the website, Dr. Vitter welcomes input as he envisions the goals for the University of Mississippi’s future.

The website features the Chancellor’s Blog where readers can access his letters to the university population; Initiatives where the readers can view the chancellor’s current goals and access UM2020 Strategic Plan; and Share Your Thoughts where readers can fill out an online survey.

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