JACKSON, Miss. -- The Mississippi College Board has named Jeffrey Vitter, the brother of a U.S. senator who is provost at the University of Kansas, as its top choice to become chancellor of the University of Mississippi.
John Polk, chairman of the Senate Universities and Colleges Committee, says Higher Education Commissioner Glenn Boyce told him the board will announce Vitter's selection at 2 p.m. Monday. The board still needs to take a final vote to make the selection official.
Vitter, a 59-year-old computer scientist, has also served as provost at Texas A&M University and dean of the College of Science at Indiana's Purdue University.
Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana is Jeffrey Vitter's brother.
Said the senator in an emailed statement: "We're so proud of and excited for Jeffrey and Sharon. At the same time, I'm reminded of his tormenting me as my older brother growing up. So there's going to be payback every time the Tigers whoop Ole Miss in the SEC!"
Earlier this month, Vitter was named one of three finalists to become chancellor of the University of Arkansas. That status may have motivated quick action in Mississippi.
In 2007, Jeffrey Vitter was a finalist to be LSU's provost. In 2008, he applied to replace former Chancellor Sean O’Keefe.
Vitter also serves on the Board of Advisors for the School of Science and Engineering at Tulane University in New Orleans.