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Reardon under review

Various members of the Ole Miss administrative staff, including Dean of Students Sparky Reardon, are undergoing quadrennial review by university faculty to see if they meet university staff standards.
Jared Burleson

Every year, university faculty review members of The University of Mississippi’s administrative staff. Each individual staff member, however, is only reviewed once every four years. The positions examined include department chairs, directors, associate or assistant directors, academic deans, provost/vice chancellor for academic affairs and a host of other administrators.

This year, Sparky Reardon, dean of students, is among those being reviewed. Reardon has been with the university since 1977. Among many accomplishments, he also helped to establish the University Creed.

Reardon could not comment because his review is ongoing at this time.

“They may be reviewed by multiple different sources (including) co-workers, supervisors, subordinates and other constituents,” said Clay Jones, assistant vice chancellor and director of human resources and contractual services.

The faculty members under review do not see the personal comments or the individual ratings but are given a composite score. The evaluations will be turned in on Friday.

The purpose of the review is to ensure that administrative members are meeting the standards that the university staff upholds. Leadership skills, managerial skills and achievements are all taken into consideration.
“Data is collected from all the stakeholders, and a decision is made as to whether or not they should continue performing their administrative role,” Jones said.

The system is very similar to the reviews held after each semester for professors, through which students have the opportunity to rate their professors’ performances in the classroom.

Brandi Hephner LaBanc, vice chancellor of student affairs, is responsible for selecting people to review the dean of students. The provost and Chancellor Dan Jones will conduct reviews as well.