Dr. Pope Moseley, executive vice chancellor at UAMS and dean of the University of Arkansas College of Medicine, has resigned the position to take a faculty position to pursue research.

Dr. Chris Westfall, chair of ophthalmology and director of the Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute, will be interim dean while a search is conducted for a new dean.

Stephanie Gardner, interim UAMS chancellor, announced the change in a letter to staff. Moseley had been dean for three years. Gardner’s letter praised him for working to “more closely align research and patient care to focus on diseases and issues faced by the people we serve.” He came to Arkansas from the University of New Mexico.

Mark Friedman of Arkansas Business notes a couple of other departures of top UAMS officials in recent months as the budget problem we mentioned earlier today continues.