UAMS College of Pharmacy Dean Honored with National Award as ‘Outstanding Dean’

By Ben Boulden

The award recognizes school or college of pharmacy deans nationwide who have made significant contributions to the organization’s chapters and who have promoted with distinction the welfare of student pharmacists through various community service, leadership and professional activities.

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 was appointed associate provost in 2013.

She is a past recipient of the Senior Clinical Faculty Award and the Dale Bumpers AHEC Leadership Award and served as chair of the Women Faculty Special Interest Group the Council of Deans, all at UAMS. Gardner has served on numerous committees of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, serving as president in 2014.

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.

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