by Lance Turner
Posted 4/12/2013 01:18 pm
Updated 8 months ago
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences on Friday named Dr. G. Richard Smith has its new dean of the College of Medicine and vice chancellor. The appointment is effective May 1.
Smith, a professor and holder of the Marie Wilson Howells Chair, is director of the UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute and chair of the Department of Psychiatry in the UAMS College of Medicine.
Smith succeeds Dr. Debra H. Fiser, who has been College of Medicine dean and vice chancellor of UAMS since Sept. 1, 2006.
Fiser announced last week that she would step down to return full time to the Department of Pediatrics, where she was professor and chair for many years.
"Dr. Smith's leadership as dean and vice chancellor will be vital during this time of change in the history of UAMS and the history of medicine in the United States and Arkansas," UAMS Chancellor Dr. Dan Rahn said in a news release. "He is ideally suited to lead the College of Medicine and help address the strategic issues of health system change, which are higher health care quality, better patient experience and lower cost."
Smith's salary for the current fiscal year is $377,740, and he received a bonus of $12,392 for fiscal 2012. Fiser's salary as dean is $490,8090, and her bonus for 2012 was $50,000.
"I look forward to the opportunity of working with my colleagues, the chairs of the departments of the college, the leaders of UAMS Medical Center and the campus to advance our collective missions and to serve the people of the state of Arkansas," Smith said.
Smith is a Jonesboro native. He became chair of the UAMS Department of Psychiatry in 2001. He is founding director of the Psychiatric Research Institute, which opened in December 2008 with 40 inpatient beds to combine research, clinical care and education all in one location.
As dean, Smith will oversee all aspects of the College of Medicine, the largest college at UAMS.