Andrea Jekabsons Named UM Chief Human Resources Officer

Experienced HR professional has led improvements to campus employee and wellness programs

OXFORD, Miss. – Andrea Jekabsons, a longtime human resources professional with extensive experience in higher education, has been named the chief human resources officer at the University of Mississippi. Jekabsons, who has worked at the university since 2006, has nearly 30 years of human resources and employee relations experience within various industries, including higher education,Read the story …

University Community Mourns ‘Bright Light’ Jackie Certion

Colleagues recall administrator's powerful presence, devoted support to student success

OXFORD, Miss. – Remembered fondly as “one of the brightest lights on our campus,” Jacqueline “Jackie” Certion is being mourned by the University of Mississippi community as a tireless advocate for Ole Miss students and a beacon of hope to many. Assistant director of the Foundations for Academic Success Track, or FASTrack, Program in theRead the story …

Voice of Guidance to Thousands of Students, Linda Spargo Retires

Fixture of the Lyceum served students and families, taught classes and supported university growth

OXFORD, Miss. – One July day in 1995, Linda Spargo received a surprising invitation to the Lyceum. She had recently completed her doctorate in English and was co-founder and director of the University of Mississippi‘s first-ever Writing Center. Impressed by her talents, then-Chancellor Robert Khayat wanted to know if she’d help him out with aRead the story …

‘If You Can Get a Sue, Get a Sue’: Keiser Retires from UM

Assistant to the chancellor looks back at storied Ole Miss career

OXFORD, Miss. – Sue Keiser has always impressed those around her with an ability to get just about anything done.  So much so, that one of her former colleagues called the trait being a “Sue.”  Keiser, who retires this month as the University of Mississippi‘s assistant to the chancellor, came to work at Ole MissRead the story …

Steven Holley Named UM Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance

Mississippi native, Ole Miss alumnus brings wealth of experience to senior university position

OXFORD, Miss. – Steven Holley, a global finance and operations executive with a background in higher education and the private sector, has been named vice chancellor for administration and finance at the University of Mississippi. Holley, a Wheeler native who earned two degrees from Ole Miss, brings to the university more than 25 years ofRead the story …

More than Dollars and Cents: Larry Sparks Looks Forward to Retirement

After 23 years, UM vice chancellor for administration and finance plans to travel and visit family

OXFORD, Miss. – For 23 years, University of Mississippi alumnus Larry Sparks has served as a quiet force guiding the fiscal management and financial growth of his alma mater. Come Dec. 31, the vice chancellor for administration and finance will be retiring to pursue a future filled with enjoyments long-delayed. The Oxford native has beenRead the story …

Ryan Whittington Named to Business Journal’s Top 50 Under 40

UM marketing and brand strategy director honored among the state's top young leaders

OXFORD, Miss. – Ryan Whittington, the University of Mississippi‘s marketing and brand strategy director, has been named to the Mississippi Business Journal‘s Top 50 Under 40 for 2020, which recognizes outstanding young business leaders across the state. The annual awards for outstanding young professionals in the state were announced recently, featuring a diverse list ofRead the story …

Dewey Knight Leaves Legacy of Putting Students First

Ole Miss community mourns the loss of longtime student advocate

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi lost a valued community member and student advocate this week with the passing of Dewey Knight, retired associate director of the Center for Student Success and First-Year Experience. One of the center’s foundational staff members, Knight, 72, was an Oxford native who enrolled as an Ole Miss freshmanRead the story …

Degrees in Hand

UM staff members earn degrees as Red and Blue Graduates

OXFORD, Miss. – As operations coordinator for the University of Mississippi‘s Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence, Ronica Turner works hard to ensure the success of the center’s students, faculty and staff. And over the past few semesters, outside of her work duties making sure the center runs smoothly, she also pursued her bachelor’s degreeRead the story …

A Designer, an Actor and a Filmmaker Walk into the Theatre Department

Three new faculty members bring excitement, experience to their UM classrooms

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi Department of Theatre and Film is welcoming three new faculty members for the fall 2020 semester – one in movement, one in design and the other in film. Lauren Bone Noble, Cody Stockstill and Jaye Sarah Davidson bring a variety of skills and experiences to the department. EachRead the story …