Jeffrey Vitter named new Ole Miss chancellor

New Ole Miss Chancellor Jeffrey S. Vitter speaks with Michelle Wheeler, a first year medical student at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in Jackson, Miss. Vitter met with students, staff and faculty of both the medical school in Jackson and at the main campus in Oxford before the College Board voted Thursday, Oct. 29. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
New Ole Miss Chancellor Jeffrey S. Vitter speaks with Michelle Wheeler, a first year medical student at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in Jackson, Miss. Vitter met with students, staff and faculty of both the medical school in Jackson and at the main campus in Oxford before the College Board voted Thursday, Oct. 29. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

(AP) College Board trustees have voted to name Jeffrey Vitter as the next chancellor of the University of Mississippi.

The vote came Thursday afternoon after Vitter met with campus groups Wednesday at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson and Thursday in Oxford.

Trustees said Vitter was the clear front-runner after initial interviews with eight candidates. They ended the process early to pursue Vitter, who was a finalist to lead the Fayetteville campus of the University of Arkansas.

Vitter has said he hopes to start by Feb. 1 and says he will spend time on campus before year’s end.

A computer scientist and brother of Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, Vitter replaces former Chancellor Dan Jones. Trustees declined to renew Jones’ contract this spring, prompting widespread protest.