LITTLE ROCK — University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Chancellor Dr. Dan Rahn said Monday he will retire next summer.

Rahn has been the research hospital’s chancellor since 2009. His retirement will be effective July 31.

“It has been, and continues to be, a great honor to serve as chancellor of UAMS,” Rahn said in a news release from the hospital. “Arkansas is fortunate that UAMS has a tremendously dedicated and talented faculty and staff, all of whom work every day to improve health and health care in Arkansas. I look forward to the year ahead and know that the impact of this institution will only increase in the future.”

University of Arkansas System President Donald Bobbitt will form a search committee to find Rahn’s successor.

“It has been one of the great privileges of my career to be able to work with a person who so clearly epitomizes professionalism,” Bobbitt said in the release. “Dr. Dan Rahn will leave a lasting legacy at UAMS, and both the institution and the UA System are much better because of his efforts.”

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in a statement Monday that Rahn “has done an exceedingly stellar job over the last seven years as Chancellor for UAMS.”

“From the school’s research opportunities that draw the best talent from around the word to the role the university plays in the economic development of our state, UAMS has proven again and again to be a critical part of the Arkansas landscape. Dr. Rahn has continued to drive that expectation by providing the leadership, vision and guidance necessary to achieve the excellence we’ve grown accustomed to at UAMS,” Hutchinson said.

Rahn previously served as president of the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and as senior vice chancellor for health and medical programs for the University System of Georgia.

A native of Stroudsburg, Pa., Rahn is a graduate of Yale University and the Yale University School of Medicine, where he later began his professional career as director of the Lyme Disease Program, director of clinical training in rheumatology and director of faculty practice for the Department of Internal Medicine.