The Latest: Senator's brother picked to lead Ole Miss

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Posted: Oct 19, 2015 4:45 PM

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — The latest on the naming of University of Kansas Provost Jeffrey Vitter as the top choice to be the next chancellor of the University of Mississippi (all times local):

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3:29 p.m.

The Mississippi College Board has named Jeffrey Vitter, the brother of a U.S. senator who is also provost at the University of Kansas, as its top choice to become chancellor of the University of Mississippi.

The announcement was made Monday afternoon by Alan Perry, president of the College Board.

Vitter, a 59-year-old computer scientist, is scheduled to come to campus next Thursday to meet with faculty, students, staff and alumni. Barring unexpected developments, trustees are likely to vote later that day to appoint him as the leader of the 24,000-student university.

Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana is Jeffrey Vitter's brother.

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.

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10:29 a.m.

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.

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.

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9 30 a.m.

The College Board is scheduled to name its preferred candidate for the next chancellor of the University of Mississippi Monday afternoon.

Following a brief closed meeting Monday morning in Jackson, Higher Education Chancellor Glenn Boyce said the board would make an announcement at 2 p.m. in Oxford.

The board conducted initial interviews last week, but did not conduct a planned second round of interviews.

The candidate will visit Ole Miss for interviews with faculty, staff, students and alumni before the board takes its final vote.

Trustees declined last March to renew Chancellor Dan Jones' contract, citing concerns about contract management at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, prompting protests.

Provost Morris Stocks has been leading Ole Miss since June 15. As interim chancellor, he isn't eligible for the permanent job.