Office of the Chancellor

University of Mississippi


Kim BarnesKim Barnes

Executive Coordinator to the Chancellor

Mrs. Barnes is Executive Coordinator to the Chancellor.  She provides overall administrative support to the Chancellor and the Assistant to the Chancellor.  She coordinates all of the Chancellor’s travel and calendar appointments.  She serves as a liaison for the Chancellor with local officials, IHL Board members, alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents and general public.

Photo of Alice ClarkAlice Clark

Interim Vice Chancellor for University Relations

Dr. Alice Clark is the Interim Vice Chancellor for University Relations and an F.A.P. Barnard Distinguished Professor of Pharmacognosy at the University of Mississippi. In her role as vice chancellor, Clark ensures strategic coordination of communications, development, federal relations, university events, and economic development.

Don ColeDonald Cole

Assistant Provost, Assistant to the Chancellor for Multicultural Affairs and Associate Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Cole serves as the University’s Chief Diversity Officer. He provides creative leadership in developing and maintaining a campus environment that reflects the University’s commitment to multicultural diversity and serves as the central University administrator coordinating and promoting related issues and programs. Through the Office of the Provost, he oversees academic support programs and practices that promote faculty, staff, student and curriculum diversity.

photo of Andie CooperAndie Cooper

Executive Assistant

Mrs. Cooper serves as executive assistant to Dr. Don Cole, Assistant to the Chancellor for Multicultural Affairs. She maintains the filing system of official documents for the Chancellor’s Office and manages the student workers. In addition, Mrs. Cooper is responsible for reconciling the accounts for the Chancellor’s Office, manages the calendar for Room 200 and 110, work orders for the office and is responsible for all internal audits for the Chancellor’s Office and Paris Yates Chapel.

Tom EppesTom Eppes

Chief Communications Officer

Mr. Eppes serves as the university’s Chief Communications Officer. He leads a team of communications specialists, designers, photographers, web and social media professionals and print specialists within the office of University Communications, producing a wide variety of print and digital materials serving internal and external audiences.

Kimberly Gatewood

Executive Assistant

Mrs. Gatewood serves as Executive Assistant to Mr. Perry Sansing, the University’s Associate General Counsel and Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Governmental Affairs.  She coordinates information provided by the Office of the Chancellor to the IHL Board, works with members of the Board of Trustees, members of the State Legislator, internal and external departments, outside organizations and agencies and the general public.  Mrs. Gatewood is qualified in the use of SAP Programs and also serves as the Notary Public for the Chancellor’s Office.

Sue KeiserSue Keiser

Executive Assistant to the Chancellor

Mrs. Keiser responds to a variety of questions and concerns from the Institutions of Higher Learning board members, alumni, students, and other members of the University community. She acts as a liaison between the office of the Chancellor and Vice Chancellors and various departments on the Oxford campus. She also oversees the Chancellor’s office and its staff and serves as a Chancellor’s office representative on many University committees.

Perry SansingPerry Sansing

Associate General Counsel

As Associate General Counsel, Mr. Sansing advises University officials and represents the University’s interests in a variety of areas. Mr. Sansing also works with state and local officials as Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Governmental Affairs. He is the University Liaison to the Mississippi Legislature.

Linda SpargoLinda Spargo

Coordinator for Special Projects and Academic Advisor for the Chancellor’s Office

Dr. Spargo also serves as Director of the Paris-Yates Chapel on campus and teaches a class in business communications in the School of Business Administration. She is the faculty advisor for several campus organizations and serves as ombudsman for the office, working closely with students, parents, faculty, and staff about recruiting, retention, and myriad campus issues.

Lee TynerLee Tyner

General Counsel

As General Counsel, Mr. Tyner serves as the university’s chief legal officer, manages the university’s legal affairs, and oversees the Office of General Counsel. Mr. Tyner also regularly teaches classes in Business Law and Communications Law.