Tara Peña Joins UAMS Institutional Advancement as Director of Alumni and Annual Giving

By Benjamin Waldrum

Peña earned a bachelor’s of business administration, marketing and management at Texas Tech University and held a number of different advancement roles there, including coordinator of advancement services, coordinator in the Office of Student Affairs for the School of Nursing, and lead analyst for stewardship and endowment compliance.

Most recently, she was the associate director with the School of Accounting within the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech, leading alumni communication efforts, coordinating direct mail solutions and managing the annual scholarship process for the school.

“Tara’s diverse background in advancement will bring great perspective to the team and will play a significant role in our integration of alumni engagement and annual giving here at UAMS,” said Amanda May, senior director of alumni and annual giving.

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 www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.