James E. Sparkes, JD, MA
James E. Sparkes, JD, MA was appointed Interim Chair of the Upstate Medical University Council in December 2018. As a Council Member for twenty years Mr. Sparkes has served four Upstate Presidents and will Chair the 2020 Presidential Search Committee. He has served on two prior Upstate Medical University Presidential Search Committees as well as Medical School Dean, Hospital CEO and Nursing School Dean Search Committees and several ad hoc committees of Upstate.
His numerous civic and professional engagements include the National Board of Trustees For the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, CNY Chapter President of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Chair of the New York State Attorney Grievance Committee of the Fourth Judicial Department and a lifetime appointment to the Committee on Character and Fitness for Admission to the New York Bar. He has served as a Trustee of Christian Brothers Academy, President of the CBA Alumni Association and as National President of the College of the Holy Cross Alumni Association.
Mr. Sparkes is Syracuse based attorney practicing in the areas of corporate, health care and commercial real estate law.