Dr. Ann Bain has been named the new UA Little Rock Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost after Dr. Christina Drale got promoted to the new UA Little Rock Chancellor following Dr. Andrew Rogerson’s resignation.
Connectivity is the change that Dr. Ann Bain is willing to bring to UA Little Rock. For 32 years Bain has been committed to serving this university. Before her appointment, she was the dean of the College of Education and Health Professions. With her new position, she continues to think of ways to improve UA Little Rock so that this university can reach its full potential.
“This position is responsible for the academic side of the institution,” Dr. Bain said. “It’s all things academic so it is the research component, teaching competent and all of the academic partners that we have.”
Bain grew up and attended school in Little Rock. After graduating in 1972 from Mount St. Mary Academy, Bain obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing from the University of Central Arkansas. From there, she began her career in nursing at different hospitals in Little Rock. During her career journey in nursing, Bain grew passionate about education.
“I was in the middle of a management position in clinical practice and I worked a lot with nursing students who came on to our unit to take care of patients,” she said. “I really enjoyed the interaction with those students and watching them take care of patients and learn things. I was approached by someone years ago to consider going into education. My first teaching position was in Baptist Hospital where I kind of found my place.”
Opportunity presented itself when Bain came to UA Little Rock in 1987 to be the assistant professor of nursing. In 1988, she obtained a doctorate in higher education administration from this university. Bain contributed to the advancement of this institution’s nursing program.
“At the time I joined the faculty, nursing was in a very small building off of Fair Park,” she said. “It was in an old church and was a small program at that time.”
When she became the chair of the nursing program in 1997, Bain saw an opportunity for growth. They only admitted 60 students every fall and Bain contributed to turning their associate degree program to one that contains several nursing programs that accepts about 900 students.
Aside from her notable work accomplishments, Bain describes herself as a creative and upfront person. She’s constantly thinking of innovative ways to challenge the state of what she’s working on.
“I’ve taken fused glass classes, done pastels and watercolors,” she said. “I also like to read for enjoyment. People would tell you that I always think ‘Is there another way we could do something and is there another opportunity that we haven’t really looked at?’ Nursing is a good example. We could’ve just sat here and not grown that program.”
Bain’s appointment was effective on Oct. 16 and she is already reaching out to the Student Government Association and the Staff Senate in hopes to have more connectivity with the staff and as well as the students.
“I value this institution,” she said. “I think it makes a difference to many people’s lives. We have served our mission of education and outreach, so I believe in us. I believe that we have a positive future. When I was asked to consider this position, I did some careful thinking about it because I recognize that taking this is taking it at a time where we’re going to have some challenges in terms of budget and what we need to look like in the future.”
Bain is determined to make a difference on this campus. She would like the institution to increase its connectivity and service with the community to make this institution a “go-to” place. She values the needs of the students and wants them to be met. Dr. Bain and Dr. Drale will work as partners to have planning session for modifications to occur.
“With challenges comes great opportunity,” she said.
Though this university will embark on a journey of many changes, with leaders like Bain, great opportunities and modifications can occur for UA Little Rock.