Two UAMS Chancellor Finalists Withdraw; Search to Continue

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 3:25 pm   1 min read

Dr. A. Wesley Burks and Dr. Danny O. Jacobs (UAMS)

The University of Arkansas System said Wednesday that the two finalists to become the next chancellor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences have withdrawn from consideration.

In a news release, University of Arkansas System President Donald R. Bobbitt said the search for a replacement for Dr. Dan Rahn, who retired in July, will continue. The statement did not say why the candidates withdrew.

"While I'm disappointed in the short term that we have not yet found the right person to lead UAMS, I'm not discouraged," Bobbitt said. "I have no doubt that staying the course with a deliberative, participatory process will lead us to the right person to serve as our next chancellor.

"Our challenges at UAMS are no different than other academic health sciences centers across the country, and our advantages of statewide mission and impact set us apart in the minds of candidates who relish such an opportunity."

The finalists were Dr. A. Wesley Burks, executive dean of the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Dr. Danny O. Jacobs, executive vice president, provost and dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.

Both men, who are Arkansas natives, visited the UAMS campus last month.

Bobbitt said the campus search committee and a contracted national search firm, Isaacson Miller, are in a good position to continue finding candidates. The committee is chaired by Dr. Jeannette Shorey, associate provost for faculty and professor of Internal Medicine.

In June, UAMS named Stephanie F. Gardner, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost, as interim UAMS chancellor.



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