The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock is reopening a search for a new chancellor after both finalists — who had ties to the state — withdrew from the job pursuit, with no public reason given.
The University of Arkansas System in late June named two finalists: Dr. A. Wesley Burks, 63, executive dean of the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Dr. Danny O. Jacobs, 62, executive vice president, provost and dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.
Both candidates visited the UAMS campuses in Little Rock and Fayetteville last month, interviewing with faculty and staff members and UAMS and the UA System administration officials.
UA System President Donald Bobbitt, who was not made available for an interview Wednesday, said in a statement that a search committee would “work as long as it takes” to find the candidate who fits best for UAMS.
“As with any senior leadership search, our task comes down to finding an individual whose experience, vision and passion align with the needs of the institution and state,” he said. “While I’m disappointed in the short term that we have not yet found the right person to lead UAMS, I’m not discouraged. 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.”
The finalists were vying for the position that was vacated by Dr. Dan Rahn, 67, who retired at the end of July after nearly eight…
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