Reynolds Foundation Gives $1.5M for New UAMS Chair


Reynolds Foundation Gives $1.5M for New UAMS Chair
The UAMS campus in Little Rock.

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation has given the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences $1.5 million to establish the Wes Smith Distinguished Chair in Geriatrics for Longevity, Health Promotion and Frailty Prevention.

UAMS said it will name a professor to the chair later. An endowed chair is the highest academic honor a university can bestow on faculty. The chair holder uses the interest proceeds for research, teaching or service activities. 

"We are pleased to join UAMS in announcing the Wes Smith Distinguished Chair in Geriatrics for Longevity, Health Promotion and Frailty Prevention. Wes has conscientiously served as a trustee of the foundation for 20 years, with the past nine years in the role of vice chairman," Foundation Chairman Fred W. Smith said in a UAMS news release. "This chair will honor his personal commitment to a healthy lifestyle and longevity resulting from wise lifestyle choices."

Dr. Jeanne Wei, the institute's director, said the donation ensures that Reynolds Institute at UAMS will continue its "innovative translational research."

"It also will ensure that our pre-seniors, seniors and very old will continue to benefit from the institute's special expertise in delaying aging and complex age-related diseases, as well as in caring for some of the most vulnerable seniors for many generations to come," Wei said.

The Reynolds Foundation, created in 1954 by late media entrepreneur Donald W. Reynolds, plans to cease operations in December 2017. Headquartered in Las Vegas, it has committed more than $99 million to UAMS.


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