Thomas J. (Sparky) Reardon, Ph.D.
Dean of Students
Dr. Thomas J. Reardon, the Dean of Students at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS, has worked in higher education for the last twenty-nine years. At Ole Miss, Dr. Reardon has served in numerous positions including Coordinator of Pre-Admissions, Assistant Director of Student Activities, Associate Dean of Students, and, for the last five years, as Dean of Students.
Known to everyone at Ole Miss as ‘Sparky’, Dr. Reardon received his B.A. from Ole Miss, his M. Ed. from Delta State University, and his Ph. D. from Ole Miss. He is a member of NASPA and the Association of Fraternity Advisors. In 1998, he was recognized by his peers in the American college fraternity movement with the Bob Shaeffer for long time, distinguished service to the profession. Students at Ole Miss selected him as the initial recipient of the Thomas Frist Student Service in 1995.
Dr. Reardon is a frequent speaker on college campuses. He has spoken at over one-hundred colleges on issues ranging from leadership to hazing prevention to crisis management. In 2003, Reardon appeared on the History Channel’s documentary on the history of fraternities. He is active in his local Catholic church and enjoys reading, golf, cooking and travel.
Assistant Dean of Students for Multicultural Affairs and Volunteer Services
Valeria Beasley Ross is the Assistant Dean of Students in Multicultural Programming and Volunteer Services in the Office of Dean of Students at the University of Mississippi. She has a Bachelor of Social Science with a minor in Public Administration and a Master of Social Science with a minor in African American Studies both from the University of Mississippi. Valeria is Advisor to the Black Student Union, African Caribbean Student Association, National Pan-hellenic Council, and the University of Mississippi Gospel Choir.Valeria has been honored by several student organizations on the University of Mississippi campus. She additionally supervises the University of Mississippi's Americorps Campus Link Team.
Scott Wallace, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Students for Judicial Affairs
Scott graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM) with a degree in Business Administration. At UTM, Scott played golf, competing at the Division I level as a student athlete. During his tenure he was president of his fraternity, Pi Sigma Epsilon, as well as a leader for the student organization, Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
After completing his undergraduate course work, he relocated to Oxford, Mississippi where he earned his Master's Degree in Higher Education, Student Personnel from The University of Mississippi. He later completed the requirements for a Ph.D. in Higher Education (2012). Scott became familiar with the Division of Student Affairs during his time in Financial Aid working as a graduate assistant. Since 2005, Scott has had the privilege of serving the University of Mississippi as Assistant Dean of Students. While his undergraduate degree is from UTM, he has been a Rebel for a long time, possessing an abounding appreciation and respect for the University and a deep love for Ole Miss.
J. Coulter Ward
Assistant Dean of Students for Student Involvement
Coulter graduated from Butler University (BU) with a degree in Communication Studies. At BU, Coulter played baseball and was an active member of his fraternity Delta Tau Delta. He earned his Master’s Degree in Higher Education, Student Personnel from The University of Mississippi. After he received his degree from Ole Miss Coulter worked for his alma mater as an academic advisor and worked closely with his fraternity's national headquarters. Currently Coulter is excited to call Oxford and the University of Mississippi home and looks forward to what the future entails.
Norris "EJ" Edney III
Coordinator of Greek Affairs
Norris “EJ” Edney III is the Coordinator of Greek Affairs for the National Pan-Hellenic Council. He graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and minors in chemistry and psychology. While there, he was Assistant District Director of his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha, an executive cabinet member of the Black Student Union, President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Class Senator for the Ole Miss Women’s Council Scholarship, and an executive cabinet member of Increasing Minority Access to Graduate Education. In May 2013 he graduated once more from the University of Mississippi with a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Student Personnel. While earning that degree he worked as a graduate assistant in the University of Mississippi Graduate School and the Office of the Dean of Students-Ole Miss as the graduate assistant for the National Pan-Hellenic Council. EJ is committed to student advocacy and the professional and personal development of the students with which he works.
Jenell Bukky Lanski
Coordinator of Greek Affairs
Jenell Bukky Lanski is a Coordinator of Greek Affairs in the Office of Dean of Students at the University of Mississippi. She directly advises the InterFraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council. She earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Human Development from California State University, San Bernardino and a Master of Science in Education, concentration in Higher Education, from California State University, Fullerton. Jenell brings experience as a two year consultant for her Panhellenic sorority, alumnae recruitment advisor, alumnae association president, and most recently as the Assistant Coordinator for Greek Life at California State University, Fullerton as the direct advisor to the Multi-Cultural Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol (GAMMA), and the Order of Omega Honor Society.
Senior Administrative Secretary
Johnette Taylor joined the Office of the Dean of Students in November 2005. She holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from The University of Mississippi. Johnette has been a resident of Lafayette County for many years and enjoys spending time with her two children and her friends. Johnette served as president for the UM Staff Council in 2009-2010 and has been a member of the council since 2006. She also has served, or is currently serving, on several university committees. In 2012, Johnette was honored with the Dozier/Toney Award for service to the UM Gospel Choir and was inducted as an honorary member in the Order of Omega.