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; 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.