Will Whiting Named Associate Vice Chancellor for UAMS Office of Institutional Advancement

By Benjamin Waldrum

Whiting has extensive experience in fundraising, government affairs and external relations. His previous position was executive director of development at the University of Texas at Austin, where he managed a team responsible for raising $50 million annually. At Texas, he developed and implemented a principal gifts program allowing the school to double their million-dollar gifts year over year, and he was instrumental in building out the university’s international advancement operation.

Whiting has worked in advancement positions at the University of Tennessee and the University of Arkansas. He is a former vice president for public affairs and advocacy at the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce and held positions at the William J. Clinton Foundation. He also is a former registered lobbyist who worked with legislators to advance public policy in education, health care, economic development and public safety.

“Will’s extensive background in higher education and health care philanthropy makes him an excellent fit for this role,” said John Erck, vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement. “He has deep connections in the state, and I know he will bring an innovative and professional approach to the important work we do for all Arkansans.”

Whiting, who grew up in Arkansas, holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the UA System.

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 eight 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, Institute for Digital Health & Innovation and the Institute for Community 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 www.uams.edu or uamshealth.com. Find us on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), YouTube or Instagram.