UAMS College of Pharmacy Dean Named President of National Council

By Ben Boulden

Elections took place earlier this month during the ACPE Board of Directors meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

Gardner became dean of the college in May 2003 and before her appointment as dean, she served for 13 years as a member of the college’s faculty. She recently served as a Fellow of the American Council on Education. The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy appointed her to the ACPE Board of Directors.

In 1989, Gardner earned her doctorate in pharmacy from the University of North Carolina. She held a research fellowship in cardiovascular pharmacology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland from 1989-1991. In 2001, Gardner earned a doctorate in education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

The ACPE is an independent, national agency for the accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy and providers of continuing pharmacy education. The council also offers evaluation and certification of professional degree program internationally.

UAMS is the state's only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses all of UAMS' clinical enterprise including its hospital, regional clinics and clinics it operates or staffs in cooperation with other providers. UAMS is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. U.S. News & World Report recognized UAMS Medical Center as a Best Hospital for 2021-22; ranked its ear, nose and throat program among the top 50 nationwide for the third year; and named five areas as high performing — colon cancer surgery, diabetes, hip replacement, knee replacement and stroke. Forbes magazine ranked UAMS as seventh in the nation on its Best Employers for Diversity list. UAMS also ranked in the top 30% nationwide on Forbes’ Best Employers for Women list and was the only Arkansas employer included. UAMS has 2,876 students, 898 medical residents and six dental residents. It is the state's largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children's, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit or Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.