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Nevada County Picayune-Times - Prescott, AR
  • Clark named UACCH Vice Chancellor

  • Long time University of Arkansas Community College at Hope Dean of Health Professions Laura Clark has been named UACCH Vice Chancellor for Academics.
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  • Long time University of Arkansas Community College at Hope Dean of Health Professions Laura Clark has been named UACCH Vice Chancellor for Academics.
    Clark replaces Dr. Jennifer Methvin, who is leaving UACCH to become president of Crowder College in Neosho, Mo.
    UACCH Chancellor Chris Thomason announced the appointment Thursday afternoon.
    Laura Clark’s commitment to our students and our mission has made our campus a better place,” Thomason said. “I look forward to working with her and watching her talents and dedication impact our campuses and communities from this new professional role.”
    Clark has been an educator at UACCH for 20 years, currently serving as Dean of Health Professions and interim Dean of Math and Sciences. She has served as director of the Practical Nursing Program, ARNEC Chair, C.N.A. Chair, and fulltime instructor, originally in Murfreesboro and in Hope.
    Clark began her nursing career at Howard Memorial Hospital in Nashville, and as a pediatric ICU nurse at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.
    She began her employment at UACCH as the sole instructor for the UACCH Practical Nursing Program in Murfeesboro, teaching and overseeing clinical rotations. Her classes graduated with a 90 percent retention rate and 100 percent licensure rate.
    Thomason said she has been instrumental in the development of the allied health program at UACCH. She worked with community leaders to reactivate the paramedic program and to offer the first AAS Paramedic Degree at UACCH. The program received full accreditation in 2009.
    Clark played a key role in UACCH's participation in the Arkansas Rural Nursing Consortium and the LPN to RN AAS degree bridging program. She also served as program chair for the first two years of the program.
    Clark has a good understanding of the challenges that students face and she desires to help UACCH do the best it can to help students achieve their educational goals,” Thomason noted.
    He said her selection through the campus committee process was a smooth search process.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We had many highly qualified candidates, but I am confident that our committee's recommendation provided us with a new vice chancellor who is knowledgeable, thoughtful and capable of taking our commitment to student learning forward with the highest level of professionalism,” Thomason said.
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