IHL Commissioner Glenn Boyce: Vitter Contract Non-Renewal Story A “Rumor”

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 28th, 2018 at 7:18 am

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Vitter’s time at Ole Miss has been controversial as the influence of the William Winter Institute at the university has stirred racial discord on campus and between students.


Just a few hours after the Ole Miss Rebels made headlines for beating Texas A&M to land a spot in the SEC Tournament championship, University of Mississippi Chancellor Jeff Vitter’s name started popping up on social media and news sites after a reporter tweeted that Vitter’s contract with the university would not be renewed.

Other news outlets picked up the tweet by RebelGrove.com publisher Neal McCready, including the Clarion-Ledger and Hottytoddy.com, which both posted stories online only to remove it shortly after they went live.

McCready’s tweet said,

“Per two sources with knowledge of the situation, Ole Miss chancellor Dr. Jeffrey Vitter has been informed his contract with the university will not be renewed when it expires on June 30, 2020.”

The Oxford Eagle’s Alyssa Schnug reports that Commissioner Glen Boyce of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning provided an emailed statement that there is “no truth to the rumor.”

Vitter’s time at Ole Miss has been controversial as the influence of the William Winter Institute at the university has stirred racial discord on campus and between students.

Vitter narrowly sidestepped an attempt by the Associated Student Body Senate to hold a vote in November 2016 to recommend the Ole Miss Administration designate Ole Miss as a “formal sanctuary for undocumented immigrants, their families and related community members.” In that case, public pressure caused some of the resolution sponsors to pull their support at the last minute.

But, Vitter has embraced the schools promotion of “social justice” activism pushed by the Winter Institute and other groups. Vitter has supported removing the state flag of Mississippi from campus. In April 2017, the university’s unwritten policy allowing a double-standard in how security measures were enforced regarding black students came to a head when public threats of physical assault by a black student against “any white person” were ignored.

In that case, the lack of administrative action forced a student to seek relief by filing an affidavit of criminal conspiracy with the University of Mississippi Campus Police.

In July, a petition was launched to have Vitter removed as chancellor for advocating for so-called “improvements to Ole Miss’ image,” while refusing to act decisively in response to incidents that calls into question the commitment to student safety.

Vitter and his administration were also accused of inaction after two sexual assaults were reported on campus in March of 2017 within a week of one another.