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IHL: ‘No truth to rumor’ about Vitter’s contract

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.”

However, the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning told the EAGLE via email this afternoon that there is “no truth to the rumor.”

“Dr. Vitter’s first four-year contract began on Jan. 1, 2016, which is the middle of the fiscal year,” said Glenn Boyce, Commissioner of Higher Education. “At the April IHL Board meeting, the Board approved a four-year contract beginning July 1, 2016, to align with the fiscal year. State law only allows a maximum of four-year contracts, so the contract ends June 30, 2020. A future contract will be considered at the appropriate time.”

The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning named Vitter chancellor on Oct. 29, 2015, after deciding not to renew former chancellor Dan Jones’ contract. The former University of Kansas provost, executive vice chancellor and Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor took office on Jan. 1, 2016.