- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 26, 2015

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has received a $250,000 grant to create a professorship school officials say will be used to attract and keep top faculty in health education.

The school announced the grant Wednesday from Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield to create a nursing professorship in rural health.

Mark White, the insurer’s president and CEO, says having skilled health professionals is critical to the care of small-town residents who have limited access to medical care.

The school announced that nursing department chairwoman Diann Williams will be the first to receive an endowed professorship.

Williams was interim executive director of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing in 1995 and was previously the vice president for assessment and nursing and allied health at Southeast Arkansas College.

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