Dean Lee, Ed.D., Joins UAMS as Executive Director of Alumni and Constituent Relations

By ChaseYavondaC

Lee, of Hot Springs Village, has worked in higher education advancement for more than 25 years, most recently at Arkansas State University, where he served as the director of athletics for a decade before being named associate vice chancellor for advancement in 2012. He also worked as an athletic director at Arkansas Tech University and in athletic fundraising positions at Oklahoma State University and the University of Arkansas, where he was vice president of the Razorback Foundation.

“Dr. Lee brings a wealth of experience to the table, along with invaluable relationships throughout our state, and we are excited about having him lead our alumni and constituent relations program,” said Lance Burchett, vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement. “His success in orchestrating regional support groups will enable UAMS to expand its reach and advance its mission.”

Lee will be working to establish Friends of UAMS regional chapters in strategically selected communities around the state. These chapters will extend the university’s communication channels, offer information on health care and promote services of the state’s only academic medical center. He also will be responsible for coordinating programs to engage university alumni, including the annual Alumni Weekend.

“UAMS is a tremendous institution and is doing some marvelous things in the areas of educating health care professionals, research and providing high-quality patient health care. I look forward to traveling the state and telling these stories about UAMS,” Lee said.

Lee earned his bachelor’s degree in education in 1979 and his master’s degree in education in 1981, both from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia. He earned his doctorate of education from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville in 1989.

UAMS is the state's only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a 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. UAMS is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 3,275 students, 890 medical residents and fellows, and five dental residents. It is the state's largest public employer with more than 12,000 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, X (formerly Twitter), YouTube or Instagram.