Brenda Scisson Named Executive Director of Development for UAMS College of Nursing

By Ben Boulden

Scisson, who was previously director of the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Foundation Fund, began her new duties July 1.

Prior to joining UAMS in 2011, Scisson was employed by Stone Ward Advertising Firm in Little Rock, where she began in 2002 as director of public relations before assuming the position of public relations counselor in 2007. Before Stone Ward, Scission spent almost three years as senior vice president and director of marketing and public relations at Metropolitan National Bank.

Scisson was employed by the Little Rock advertising firm Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods from 1977-1999 where she was executive vice president and provided public relations counsel to numerous agency clients.

Her honors include the 1995 Aluminum Award for lifetime service from the Arkansas Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, the 1996 Communicator of the Year Award by the Arkansas Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, the 2001 Bank Marketing Professional of the Year by the Arkansas Bankers Association, and a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International. She is serving her 11th year on the War Memorial Stadium Commission.

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