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Alan Perry, right, president of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, and Dr. Glenn F. Boyce, Commissioner of Higher Education, speak after Jeffrey Vitter was announced as the preferred candidate for the chancellorship of the University of Mississippi, outside the Lyceum at the University of Mississippi, in Oxford, Miss. on Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. (Bruce Newman/Oxford Eagle via AP)

Ole Miss chancellor candidate points to planning as strength

OXFORD — Jeffrey Vitter, named as trustees’ top pick to become the next chancellor of the University of Mississippi, says the problem solving of computer science informs his approach as a university administrator.

As provost at the University of Kansas, Vitter says his top achievement is a strategic plan that brought a core curriculum to the university and advanced scientific research.

In a telephone interview with The Associated Press Monday, Vitter offered no opinion on whether Ole Miss should stop displaying the Mississippi state flag because it contains the Confederate battle emblem. He says he’s glad students are discussing it and says he’s committed to diversity.

Vitter is scheduled for Oct. 29 campus interviews with students, faculty, staff and alumni. If all goes well, trustees are likely to hire him that day.

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