Office of Vice Chancellor for Administration & Finance
Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance
Larry Sparks has been with the University of Mississippi since 1997 and Vice Chancellor for Administration & Finance since 2005. A native of Oxford, he has a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Business Administration from Mississippi College. Mr. Sparks is a certified public accountant and is currently licensed in Mississippi. He enjoys Ole Miss sports and spending time with his grandchildren.
Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of HR & Contractual Services
Clay Jones has been with the University of Mississippi since 1997. In addition to his administrative duties, Clay is an instructor in the School of Business Administration. He has an accounting degree from Ole Miss and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. Clay enjoys supporting Ole Miss Athletics. He particularly enjoys attending football games, baseball games, and tennis matches. He also enjoys running, playing tennis, and spending time with his wife and daughters. He has one daughter who is a student at Ole Miss and one who attends Oxford Public Schools.
Director of Budget
Audrey Floyd has been with the University of Mississippi since 2008 and currently serves as the Director of Budget. She earned her Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi and previously served as the University’s Manager of Payroll. Audrey is an avid runner and enjoys painting, reading, spending time with her family, and taking advantage of the many activities Oxford and Ole Miss have to offer. A native of Louisville, Mississippi, she currently resides in Oxford with her husband and son.
Nina Jones has been with the University since 2000 and currently serves as the Controller. She earned her Bachelor of Accountancy and Masters of Accountancy at the University of Mississippi. Nina is a certified public accountant and is currently licensed in Mississippi. She enjoys spending time with her family and Ole Miss Sports.
Emergency Management Coordinator
Barbara Russo, Ph.D. was hired as the University’s first Emergency Management Coordinator in Spring 2016 to serve as the primary emergency management resource for the University’s faculty, staff and students. Dr. Russo received her Masters and Doctorate degrees from Oklahoma State/Stillwater University and comes to UM from Fayetteville State University (NC) where she headed the Fire and Emergency Services Administration bachelor’s program. She enjoys sports including women’s softball.
Director of Facilities Planning and University Architect
Ian was born in England and came to the United States in 1984. He has professional and teaching experience, having worked in private practice from 1982 to 2002 and with the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University from 1987 to 1994. He received tenure and was named associate professor in 1994. In 2005, Ian was appointed director of facilities planning at the University of Mississippi and retains the position of university architect and director of sustainability.
Director of Landscape Services
Jeff McManus has been at the University of Mississippi since 2000. He is the Director of Landscape, Airport and Golf Operation. He has a bachelor’s degree in Landscape and Ornamental Horticulture from Auburn University and is a Certified Grounds Manager and Certified Arborist. Prior to working at Ole Miss Jeff worked as the Director of Landscaping at several large private resorts in Florida. Jeff has a deep passion to cultivate the Universities greatest asset – its team members. “Weeding by example is the first step in creating a great team,” Jeff says.
Director of Facilities Management
Ashton Pearson has been with the University of Mississippi since 2007 and has been serving as the Director of Facilities Management since 2009. He received his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mississippi. Through the efforts of Facilities Management, Ashton derives pleasure in seeing the continual improvements made to the campus infrastructure which he refers to as ‘making Ole Miss a little better, one day at a time.’ Ashton enjoys spending time with his family which includes two grandsons.