Pearl McElfish, Ph.D., has been promoted to vice chancellor of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Campus of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
McElfish has been serving as associate vice chancellor since Dr. Peter Kohler retired as vice chancellor in 2016.
As vice chancellor, she will lead all campus-wide efforts, provide leadership to ensure coordination across all UAMS programs in the region and work closely with area partners.
McElfish joined UAMS in 2010 as director of the National Children’s Study for the Department of Pediatrics. In 2012, she was named founding director of the Office of Community Health & Research.
In 2015, McElfish founded the Center for Pacific Islander Health, the first center in the United States that focuses solely on Pacific Islander health issues.
Before joining UAMS, McElfish worked for various community health organizations.
She holds a doctorate of philosophy in public policy from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, a master’s degree in community and economic development from the University of Central Arkansas, a master’s degree in business administration from John Brown University and a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Arkansas Tech University.