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; northwest Arkansas regional campus; statewide network of regional centers; and six 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 and Translational Research Institute. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 2,727 students, 822 medical residents and five 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 throughout the state, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit or Find us on FacebookTwitterYouTube or Instagram.