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Dr. Thomas J. “Sparky” Reardon

Ole Miss '72

General Council Member-At-Large

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Dr. Sparky Reardon retired the Assistant Vice Chancellor/Dean of Students at the University of Mississippi after serving the university for 36 years. He now retains the title of Dean Emeritus. His primary areas of responsibility included advising fraternities and student government, leadership development, crisis intervention, organizational discipline and teaching. He has a M. Ed. from Delta State University and a B.A.E. and Ph.D. from Ole Miss.

Brother Reardon has spoken to thousands of students at numerous universities, conferences, and conventions. For this, Phi Delta Theta honored him with the Legion of Honor Award. He has also been awarded the Robert Shaefer Award for significant, long term service to Greek Life. In 2008, the Ole Miss senior class honored him with a scholarship in his name and in 1995 he was awarded the initial Thomas Frist Award for his outstanding service to students. He has appeared in the History Channel‟s “Frat Boys,” a history of fraternities in America.

Sparky enjoys Ole Miss sports, reading, cooking, and traveling. Recently, he was awarded the Phi Kappa Psi Ralph “Dud” Daniel Award for Interfraternal Service. At the 80th Biennial Convention, Reardon was elected to the General Council as a member at large.

A Piece of Advice

I would encourage all Phis to teach The Bond every day and when necessary to use words. We have a great plan for living and affecting the good of society in the teachings of The Bond.  Live those teachings fully and remember the words of Dr. Seuss, “It is fun to have fun but you have to know how.”