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Jeffrey S. Vitter, Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor

Jeffrey S. Vitter

Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor

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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, geared toward KU's vision as a top-tier public international research university.  The strategic plan Bold Aspirations focuses upon four important areas: energizing undergraduate education, elevating doctoral education, driving discovery and innovation, and engaging scholarship for public impact. Drivers include developing synergies, people, diversity, resources, and infrastructure. He has overseen the creation of the first-ever university-wide KU Core curriculum, expansion of the Schools of Engineering and Business, boosting multidisciplinary research and funding around four strategic initiatives, major growth of technology commercialization and corporate partnerships, and administrative reorganization and efficiency.  Further details appear in his curriculum vitæ.

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 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. Donald 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.

He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the National Science Foundation Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (NSF CISE). Dr. Vitter serves on the executive committee as chair of the Council on Academic Affairs of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). He was on the Board of Directors of the Computing Research Association (CRA), where he continues to co-chair the Government Affairs Committee. He has served on the Board of Advisors for the School of Science and Engineering at Tulane University in New Orleans. He was 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 300 book, journal, conference, and patent publications reflecting his research interests. His Google Scholar h-index is over 65, and he is an ISI highly cited researcher.

Online Publication Library

Several of Dr. Vitter's more recent publications reflecting his research interests are available to download electronically via his online publication library.

Curriculum Vitæ

Dr. Vitter's curriculum vitæ contains more complete information, including a full list of publications and funding.

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