LITTLE ROCK — Melony Goodhand, who resigned as CFO of the University of Arkansas for Medical Services at the end of December to take a job in Tennessee, will continue to work as a consultant for one year at her regular $312,120 annual salary, a UAMS spokeswoman said Friday.
Leslie Taylor, associate vice chancellor for communications & marketing, said Goodhand’s consulting salary is being paid by the UAMS Foundation.
"We don’t have a CFO and she is still working for us as a consultant," Taylor said Friday. "She is also available anytime we have questions, and right now we’re going into our budget process, which is a time when you really need a CFO. While there is a great staff there that worked with her and stepped in, the fact that we still have Melony available to consult is a really big benefit."
The Legislature goes into session Jan. 14 and budgets for the upcoming fiscal year for state departments, agencies and universities, including UAMS, will be considered.
While working as a consultant, Taylor said the contract Goodhand has with UAMS includes a non-compete clause which prohibits her from doing any other consulting work within a 50-mile radius of Little Rock.
In a December press release announcing her resignation, UAMS Chancellor Dan Rahn said Goodhand was leaving to return to her home state of Tennessee where she will work as chief operating officer for a health system.
The university did not say which health system she would be working for and Taylor said Friday that Goodhand "declined to share that information" with anyone at UAMS before she left.
Goodhand, a native of Brownsville, Tenn., was named UAMS’ chief financial officer in 2004. She had previously worked as vice president for finance and chief compliance officer at Genesys Health System in Milford, Mich.
Taylor said UAMS is conducting a nationwide search for a new CFO.
"We’re going through the budget process, it may take a while in the middle of all this to recruit someone else," Taylor said.