Saturday, March 15, 2008

Remembering Former Chancellor Harry P. Ward

Here are some excerpts about this great leader and pioneer who served as chancellor while I was a student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences:

Dr. Ward, who served as chancellor from 1979 to 2000, is remembered as a giant in the history of health care and higher education in Arkansas, as well as for his treatment of employees as family. A man of determination, vitality, compassion and commitment, he led UAMS’ transformation from a small institution with a charity hospital to an academic health center and research leader that is recognized as one of the outstanding academic health centers in the region with many world-class programs.

Dr. Ward was born in Pueblo, Col., on June 6, 1933. He graduated from Princeton University (magna cum laude 1955), the University of Colorado Medical School (gold headed cane awardee 1959), and trained in Internal Medicine and Hematology at Bellevue Hospital in New York City and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He returned to Colorado University Medical School in 1963 and served as Chief of Medicine at the Denver VA Hospital (1967-72) and then Dean of the College of Medicine and Associate Vice President for Health Affairs from 1972-78. In 1979 he was appointed Chancellor of UAMS and served until retirement in 2001. He received honorary degrees from Kaohsiung Medical College in Taiwan in 1991 and Lyon College in Batesville Arkansas in 2001.

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