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. He also served as Interim Chancellor from January – October, 2019. 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.
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 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.
Director of Facilities Management
Dean Hansen joined the University of Mississippi in 2018 as the Director of Facilities Management. A native of California, he has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to working at Ole Miss, Dean served for 20 years in the United States Navy as a Civil Engineer Corps officer, providing engineering, construction, and facilities management support at Navy bases worldwide. After retiring from the Navy in 2013, Dean served as the Assistant Vice President for Physical Plant at the University of Memphis and most recently as the Director of Facilities Services at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a registered Professional Engineer and is currently licensed in Virginia and Texas. Dean is happily married with five children and enjoys spending time with his family.
Interim Chief Human Resources Officer
Andrea Jekabsons possess nearly 30 years of human resources experience. She is passionate about employee engagement strategies as they have been proven to reduce staff turnover and improve productivity and efficiency. Work environment and habits, as well as connection and commitment, impact the organizations success as well as student attraction and student retention. Prior to joining the Ole Miss in 2006, Andrea worked in a variety of industries, including healthcare, wireless, and computer engineering. She is a worksite wellness advocate and recreation enthusiast that enjoys long walks, short runs, exercise programs, camping, and traveling. A native to California and Humboldt State University graduate, Andrea relocated to Oxford with her husband who is a faculty member with the University and their two children.
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.
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 Parking & Transportation
Samuel Rea Patterson joined the University of Mississippi in June 2020 as the Director of Parking and Transportation. He has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado. Sam has extensive higher education experience working at the University of Colorado and Boise State University for over twenty four years. Sam enjoys collaborating with students, faculty, and staff on shuttles, bicycles, and parking solutions and values the guest experience. Sam has a deep passion for getting people to think differently about transportation and access to campus. “If I can meet a student and get them to try a different transportation mode just once, or have them tell me they rode a shuttle and it was so easy, or that they rented a bike and had a great experience, that’s what I really enjoy,” Sam says. Find him at Swayze when he is not at work watching baseball or spending time with his wife Dian and his two children.
Director of Contractual Services and University Licensing
Kathy Tidwell has been with the University since 1969 and currently holds the honor of being the longest serving staff person. She has a BBA in Accounting 1982, Masters of Education in Higher Education 1993 and a Masters in Counseling in 1998. Kathy and her husband Larry (BAED 69) enjoy doing 5Ks’, horse riding, gardening, and cheering for the Rebels. She has one son who attended Ole Miss and received undergraduate, masters and specialties’ degrees.