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Arkansas Optometric Association Names Matt Burns as Executive Director (Movers & Shakers)

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Matt Burns has been hired as the executive director of the Arkansas Optometric Association in Little Rock. He previously served as the executive director of Arkansas HOSA-Future Health Professionals.


Ryan Solomon (Arkansas Children’s Hospital)

Ryan Solomon has been promoted to senior vice president of hospital operations at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. Solomon joined Arkansas Children’s a decade ago and has most recently served as interim senior vice president and chief administrator at Arkansas Children’s Northwest. 


Shawn Marvin (Washington Regional)

Dr. Shawn Marvin, a board-certified diagnostic radiologist, has joined Washington Regional in Fayetteville. Marvin has more than 18 years of experience and most recently served as a teleradiologist at Tahoe Carson Radiology, based in Carson, Nevada.


Stone Thayer (Oral Surgery)

Dr. Stone Thayer has joined Impact Oral Surgery in Bryant. Thayer is a member of the American Association of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, American Medical Association and American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association.


Wesley Burks (UNC Health)

Dr. Wesley Burks, dean of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and CEO of UNC Health, received the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine’s 2024 Dean’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. Burks, a 1980 UAMS College of Medicine graduate, served in several leadership roles in the UAMS Department of Pediatrics from 1985 to 2003.


Jack Higginbotham (UALR)

Jack Higginbotham has been elected as the new president of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Staff Senate. Since joining the Staff Senate in 2023, Higginbotham has served as parliamentarian and chair of the issues and concerns committee.


Arkansas State University in Jonesboro has approved several faculty members for tenure. They include Steven Muzatko, accounting; Todd Sanders, occupational therapy; Christine Wright, occupational therapy; Addie Fleming, nursing; Margaret Hance, psychology; H. Steve Leslie, business communication; Mohamed Milad, statistics; Carlitta Moore, athletic training; John Nowlin, geospatial technologies; Jake Qualls, bioinformatics; Sarah Scott, communication; and Ryan Sullivan, music.


See more of this week’s Movers & Shakers, and submit your own announcement at ArkansasBusiness.com/Movers.

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