Larry Sparks-Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance and currently serving as Interim Chancellor
Larry D. Sparks serves as Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance at the University of Mississippi. Mr. Sparks joined the University in 1997 and assumed the position of Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance in 2006. His areas of responsibility include accounting, airport operations, budget, bursar, contractual services, controller, facilities planning, golf course, health and safety, human resources, landscape services, parking and transportation, facilities management, and procurement services.
A native of Oxford, Mr. Sparks has a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Business Administration from Mississippi College. He is a certified public accountant and is currently licensed in Mississippi.
While at Ole Miss, Mr. Sparks has served as the Director of Internal Audit, Director of Project DISCOVER (a comprehensive administrative re-engineering project), Interim Director of Procurement Services, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Finance, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance. Prior to his arrival at Ole Miss, he served in several positions with the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning during ten years of employment, including Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Finance and Administration. He also has several years experience auditing colleges and universities, serving as a practicing CPA, and involvement in the retail industry as a business owner. Early in his professional career, he worked in the Ole Miss accounting office in the area of sponsored program accounting.
Mr. Sparks is married to Jacky Hedgepeth Sparks. They are the parents of three children and have five grandchildren. He has been involved in various professional, religious, and community activities for many years.