Vice President, Northwest Arkansas
University of Arkansas School of Medical Sciences, Fayetteville
Education: BS., Health / Science, University of Arkansas; M.H.S.A., University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Professional background: In 2021, Wenger has been appointed vice-president of the UAMS North West Regional Center. Since 2005, the Fayetteville native has served in various leadership roles at UAMS, including vice president of state headquarters and chief of staff to the Chancellor. She has also served as director of several positions such as gynecology, surgical and nursing specialties, and business nursing and psychiatric research institute.
What was your dream job as a child and why? When I was little, I thought astronomy was great. I had a telescope and really liked to look at the stars and planets. I even wrote a letter to him and I heard back from a professor of astronomy when I was about 8 or 9 years old. When I became an adult, I was sure I would become a psychologist because I enjoyed listening and helping people.
What do you think companies would benefit from having more women at the top? Companies will benefit from having more women and other diverse leadership roles because women can give new perspectives to consumers or the patient public. Women also provide effective and fair solutions to problems and maintain a high level of consistency when managing conflict.
What is one particular thing that people will be surprised to know about you? I’m not sure this will surprise people who know me, but while my professional life is dependent on people, I am still a natural person who can come in and look at it.