The Vaught Society was started in 2005 as an exclusive group of donors that had contributed over $350,000 in their lifetime to Ole Miss Athletics. These generous individuals have most certainly built the foundation that we are so proud to stand on today and we are eternally grateful for their support. Since then, the Vaught Society has been restructured in an effort to be much more inclusive and allow for more donors to invest in the future of Ole Miss Athletics. Since its reintroduction to the public in December 2009, the Vaught Society has increased its membership from 27 to over 180 members and has generated over $20 million in philanthropic support for Ole Miss Athletics. Proceeds were directed toward a number of facility initiatives including, but not limited to, IPF expansion, Palmer-Salloum Tennis Center expansion, Basketball Practice Facility and Oxford-University Stadium expansion. Currently, all pledges to the Vaught Society are being directed towards the Forward Together campaign.
The Vaught Society serves as the leadership fundraising catalyst under the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation in support of Ole Miss Athletics and its quest for conference and national championships. This organization is philanthropic in nature, and its members are invested in the enhancement of Rebel Athletics. These funds are crucial in elevating Ole Miss Athletics to nationally competitive levels on an annual basis by providing the resources for world-class facilities, coaches, and scholarship support.
Coach John Vaught
Coach John Vaught is one of the most recognizable names in the history of college football due to the extraordinary level of success he enjoyed while at Ole Miss. During his tenure, the Rebels experienced heights never before seen in the history of the program. As such, the Vaught Society carries his namesake.