Four Named to UAMS Foundation Fund Board

By Yavonda Chase

The board supports and assists UAMS leadership in delivering the resources necessary for UAMS to achieve its vision and goals. Members can serve up to three terms for a total of 9 years.

“The UAMS Foundation Fund Board offers valuable support to UAMS as we strive to improve the health, health care and well-being of Arkansans,” said Chancellor Dan Rahn, M.D. “We are grateful to these individuals for volunteering their time and expertise.”

  • Robert L. Brown of Little Rock served as an associate justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court from 1991 to 2012 and is currently of counsel with the Friday, Eldredge & Clark law firm. He is a member of the UAMS Legacy Society and the Chancellor’s Circle and serves on the advisory committee for the Winthrop Rockefeller Distinguished Lecture Series.
  • Mark E. Middleton of Little Rock is the managing director of Middleton Inc., president of CommerceCorp International and the managing partner of MidCorp Investments. Middleton and his brother, Larry, recently donated a building in Jonesboro to the UAMS Regional Programs for the UAMS Northeast facility in honor of their mother, Anita Middleton Kellar.
  • Ron Russell of Cave Springs served as the president and CEO of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas for 17 years. After his retirement, he worked as a governmental affairs consultant with the Arkansas Legislature and constitutional officers. Russell is a member of the UAMS Chancellor’s Circle and the UAMS College of Medicine Board of Visitors.

“These four individuals have a tremendous passion for the work that is being done here at UAMS,” said Foundation Fund Chair Patti Bailey. “They will be wonderful additions to the board, and I look forward to serving with them.”

The UAMS Foundation Fund Board is comprised of business and community leaders and philanthropists who serve as ambassadors and advocates to raise public awareness of the unique, critical role that UAMS has in Arkansas. The UAMS Foundation Fund is a subsidiary of the University of Arkansas Foundation Inc., and its board was established in 1976 as the UAMS Development Council.

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.