Dan Rahn, M.D., who in 2009 became the 4th chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has announced his retirement effective July 31, 2017. The University of Arkansas Board of Trustees is searching for an exceptional leader to be the next chancellor of the state’s only academic health sciences university.
To manage this process, University of Arkansas System President Donald R. Bobbitt has established a search committee charged with identifying the strongest candidates to serve as the next chancellor, and to forward recommendations of top finalists to the Board of Trustees.
The new chancellor will join other U of A System leadership reporting to President Bobbitt.
UAMS has a unique capability to lead health and health care improvement in the state.
Its institutional purpose is to engage in activities that result in better individual, community and population health. UAMS has carefully crafted vision, mission and values statements as well as a strategic plan that is guided by its vision, values and mission. The strategic plan, UAMS Vision 2020 was developed in 2010 and updated in 2015 with broad campus-wide participation. Simply stated, UAMS’s purpose is to engage in activities that result in better health through:
- educating and training the health professions workforce of the future,
- providing care that is not routinely available in community settings,
- conducting research into areas with relevance to human health and disease with a particular emphasis on the population we serve,
- translating research findings into improved approaches to individual and population health and disease and
- contributing to economic development through technology transfer and health and healthcare policy development.
We accomplish these mission components through our programs in education, research and care.
UAMS offers 73 baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs and certificates through its colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health and Graduate School. Students attend classes at the main campus in Little Rock and the regional campus in northwest Arkansas.
UAMS has a 470-bed hospital and outpatient clinics in Little Rock, a statewide network of regional campuses, seven institutes centered on cancer, multiple myeloma, neurology/neurosurgery, the eye, aging, mental health and translational research, and is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state.
There are 2,870 students, 799 medical residents and five dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,500 faculty and about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS and its regional centers as well as its affiliates Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the VA Medical Center.