At the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Stephanie F. Gardner, Pharm.D., Ed.D., serves as interim chancellor in leading Arkansas’ only academic health sciences center, which encompasses patient care, education, research and outreach resources at locations across the state.
Dr. Gardner also currently serves as senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost. She has more than 26 years of experience rising through the ranks at UAMS since joining the campus as assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice in the UAMS College of Pharmacy in 1991. She became chair of that department in 1996, interim dean in the college in 2003 and dean in 2004, leading the College of Pharmacy through unprecedented growth and earning national prominence. She was named associate provost for society and health at UAMS in 2013 and oversaw the vast development of an interprofessional education initiative that became a graduation requirement for all UAMS students. In 2015, she was named senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost, providing strategic leadership for the academic and organizational operations of 73 academic programs across the campus’s five colleges and graduate school.
A prestigious American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow in 2012-13, Gardner earned Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She completed a research fellowship in cardiovascular pharmacology from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland in 1991, and earned a Doctor of Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2001.
Gardner’s many honors include the Arkansas Pharmacists Association Pharmacist of the Year Award, the Dale Bumpers AHEC (Area Health Education Center) Award and the Outstanding Dean Award by the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists. Gardner serves as a board member for the Arkansas Center for Healthcare Improvement and the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute. From 2010-16, Gardner was a member of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education Board of Directors and served as president from 2014-15.