COLUMBIA – The University of Missouri Board of Curators today announced the resignation of Curator Yvonne S. Sparks of St. Louis. The resignation of Curator Sparks, who was appointed to the board in 2015 by Governor Jay Nixon, is effective immediately.
“After careful consideration of the demands of my professional obligations and those required to engage in the work of the Board at the level that I expect of myself, I have concluded that it is not possible to do both well,” Sparks said. “This is an important and demanding time for the System, the role deserves a representative that is able to that devote.”
Representing the 1st Congressional District on the board, Sparks’s term was not yet confirmed by the Senate.
“Although new to the board, Yvonne brought a valued perspective to the group,” said current board chair Pamela Henrickson of Jefferson City. “I regret to hear of her resignation as I know her experience would have contributed a great deal to the university as a board member. We certainly wish her well in the future.”
As a professional in the banking industry, Sparks has dedicated to career to community development and attributes her education for her success. Sparks earned a B.S. in the Administration of Justice, cum laude, from the University of Missouri-St. Louis; an M.A. in Management and Leadership from Webster University; and an M.A. in Public Administration from St. Louis University. She currently serves as the assistant vice president and community development officer for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, which she joined in 2008. She also serves as a member of the Federal Reserve System Subcommittee on Community Development.
The board of curators is the governing body of the University of Missouri and consists of nine members who are appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. Curators serve six-year terms although, any replacement for Sparks will serve only the remaining portion of her term.