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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The doctor is in

Posted By on Tue, Mar 24, 2009 at 3:25 PM

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Dr. Rahn takes questions from the media as his wife looks on.

The UA board approved President B. Alan Sugg's choice for the new chancellor of UAMS, Dr. Daniel W. Rahn.  Since 2001, Rahn has served as president of the Medical College of Georgia and senior vice chancellor for health and medical programs for the University System of Georgia.  The board approved the final motion in public, before a crowd of university officials and members of the press.  Rahn, together with his wife Lana, thanked the board, the search committee and President Sugg.  Afterwards, Rahn took questions from the media and said there were some similarities between the health challenges faced in Georgia and in Arkansas.  He specifically mentioned obesity, access to health care and prenatal care.  He also said UAMS' mission and structure within the state system were concurrent with his experience in Georgia.      

Rahn will be paid a salary of $600,000 per year, a deferred compensation plan of $100,000 per year paid with private funds and a housing allowance of $25,000 per year.  The new chancellor will also receive a company car and other benefits including retirement, health and dental insurance. 

And if a press conference wasn't enough, UAMS made the announcement via Twitter as well.  Rahn will start sometime between July 1 and the end of the year.   

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