UAMS Names New Head of Human Resources

By Spencer Watson

“It is my pleasure to welcome such a well-qualified executive to our team,” said William R. Bowes, UAMS Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration. “Jeff brings with him an extensive and diverse background in human resources, with more than 20 years’ executive experience in the energy, manufacturing and forest products industries, as well as in public service.”

Risinger most recently served as the chief human capital officer for the Federal Housing Finance Agency in Washington, D.C. Prior to that he worked for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). His experience working with such federal agencies involved workforce planning, performance management, leadership and talent development, labor relations and change management. 

“It is a tremendous privilege for me to be able to return home and join a great organization with such an important mission as UAMS,” Risinger said.

Risinger holds a Master of Business Administration and bachelor’s degrees from Texas A&M University. He also earned a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology at Louisiana Tech University.

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.