Maurice Rigsby Named UAMS Vice Chancellor for Institutional Relations

By Lee Hogan

Maurice Rigsby UAMS

Maurice Rigsby

Rigsby, an attorney, came to UAMS in 2014 as a government relations liaison and was promoted to assistant vice chancellor. He replaces Cherry Duckett, who retired July 1.

Prior to coming to UAMS, Rigsby was the senior assistant attorney general for legislative affairs with the Arkansas attorney general’s office where he managed the attorney general’s policy agenda while working with members of the state Legislature and the governor’s office.

Rigsby has served as the deputy director and regulatory counsel for the Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission, as a staff attorney for the Arkansas Bureau of Legislative Research and as a private attorney in a Pine Bluff law firm.

Rigsby graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville School of Law in 2003. During law school, he worked as a law clerk for Walmart and as an NCAA and Southeastern Conference compliance assistant for the Department of Athletics at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

“Since coming to UAMS, Maurice has assumed increasing responsibility for UAMS’ complex issues in health care and higher education, working closely with the governor’s office, members of the Arkansas General Assembly and the Arkansas congressional delegation,” said UAMS Interim Chancellor Stephanie Gardner, Ed.D., Pharm.D. “We’re confident the wealth of knowledge and experience he brings to this new role will continue to benefit UAMS.”


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. It 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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