David Wilcox Named Outstanding CPA in Government

By Amy Widner

“Those of us privileged to work with David know firsthand that he is outstanding and well deserving of this recognition by the CPA profession,” said Ken Harrison, CPA, CGMA, assistant vice chancellor for finance and controller at UAMS. “David has had – and continues to have – a positive impact on UAMS. He is fine example of a truly professional CPA.”

The award recognizes Wilcox’s contribution to the increased efficiency and effectiveness of UAMS and to the growth and enhancement of the accounting profession.

Portrait of Wilcox

David Wilcox, CPA

Wilcox has worked at UAMS for 24 years. Previously, he worked in the banking industry in Little Rock for 22 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas at Monticello and a bachelor’s-equivalent degree in accounting from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is a certified public accountant and chartered bank auditor.

At UAMS, he has held several leadership roles, including treasurer, investment manager and controller. In 2000 he participated in the purchase and implementation of the complex enterprise resource planning software system that UAMS employees continue to use today for administrative functions. In 2012 Wilcox was appointed by the chancellor to quickly step in and serve as interim vice chancellor for finance and CFO for six months.

Wilcox planned to retire in 2012 but was asked by the chancellor to continue serving UAMS in his special role as senior adviser. As such, he continues to assist with large organizational projects, drawing from his unique and deep institutional knowledge of UAMS.

Nominations for the annual award must be submitted by an ASCPA member, federal, state or local government agencies, or other professional associations.

Wilcox will be recognized at the ASCPA’s annual convention on Nov. 30 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Little Rock. Wilcox is the Arkansas nominee for the nationwide Outstanding CPA in Government award from the American Institute of CPAs.


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 named UAMS Medical Center the state's Best Hospital; ranked its ear, nose and throat program among the top 50 nationwide; and named six areas as high performing — cancer, colon cancer surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery. UAMS has 2,727 students, 870 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, Arkansas Childrens Hospital, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.

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