Dr. Jeffrey Vitter is the provost and executive vice chancellor and the Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas. As provost, Dr. Vitter is the chief academic and operations officer for the Lawrence and Edwards campuses. He oversees strategic planning and implementation, which focus on excellence in four important areas: energizing the educational environment, elevating doctoral education, driving discovery and innovation, and engaging scholarship for public impact. Key enablers include developing people, synergy, diversity, external support, efficiency, and infrastructure. Further details appear in his curriculum vitae.
Before coming to KU, Dr. Vitter held a similar post at Texas A&M University. He served as the Frederick L. Hovde Dean of the College of Science and as Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University. He held a distinguished professorship at Duke University and served at Duke as chair of the Department of Computer Science. He had earlier progressed through the faculty ranks and in leadership roles at Brown University.
His educational degrees include a B.S. with highest honors in mathematics in 1977 from the University of Notre Dame; a Ph.D. in computer science under Prof. Don Knuth in 1980 from Stanford University; and an M.B.A. in 2002 from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. His hometown is New Orleans, Louisiana (as everyone who knows him knows!). He and his wife Sharon (née Weaver, KU Pharmacy '78) have three children.
Dr. Vitter serves on the Board of Advisors for the School of Science and Engineering at Tulane University in New Orleans, as well as a member of the Advisory Committee of the National Science Foundation Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering. He served on the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association (CRA), where he continues to co-chair the Government Affairs Committee. He has served as Chair of ACM SIGACT, the Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory of the world's largest computer professional organization, the Association for Computing Machinery.
Dr. Vitter’s research deals with the algorithmic aspects of processing, compressing, and communicating massive amounts of information. He has been elected a Fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He has been named National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator, a Fulbright Scholar, and an IBM Faculty Development Awardee. He has over 280 book, journal, conference, and patent publications reflecting his research interests. His Google Scholar h-index is 60, and he is an ISI highly cited researcher.