UAMS Names Bowes as Chief Financial Officer

By Nate Hinkel

“Bill’s exceptional experience developing and managing successful financial management strategies in higher education will be a true asset as he joins UAMS,” said UAMS Chancellor Dan Rahn, M.D. “We are lucky to have found someone with a skill set and experience level tailor-made to step in here and begin making an immediate impact.”

Of Bowes’ 32 years working in higher education finance, 26 have been in senior management positions at the system and institutional levels. He most recently was chief financial officer for the Connecticut Colleges and State Universities Board of Regents for Higher Education, which includes four Connecticut state universities, 12 community and technical colleges, and the state’s experiential and online learning institution.

“UAMS has made a name for itself as being among some of the most well-respected academic health sciences universities in the country,” Bowes said. “I’ve spent the majority of my career working in higher education institutions in other parts of the country, including most recently at an academic health science university facing similar challenges and opportunities. I look forward to using that experience to help UAMS during a time of great change in the health care environment and to promote its mission of continuing to meet the health care needs of all Arkansans.”

He spent 16 years (1995-2011) in various financial leadership roles in the University System of Georgia, including senior vice president for operations, senior vice president for finance and administration, and vice president for finance for Georgia Health Sciences University. Bowes was vice chancellor for fiscal affairs and treasurer, and associate vice chancellor for fiscal affairs for the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, which oversaw 35 public higher education institutions in the state. He joined the University of Georgia System from Southern Connecticut State University where he was vice president for finance and administration from 1988-95. Bowes also previously served as assistant director of budget and finance, director of budget and finance and assistant commissioner/financial affairs for the Connecticut Department of Higher Education from 1980-88.

Bowes earned an undergraduate degree in economics from Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., and a master’s degree in urban and policy sciences from the State University of New York at Stony Brook W. Averill Harriman School for Management and Policy College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. Named best Little Rock metropolitan area hospital by U.S. News & World Report, it is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has more than 2,800 students and 790 medical residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS regional centers throughout the state. Visit or