July 30, 2019

Meet Jimie Jarry, Executive Assistant III, Office of Research

Jimie JarryHow long have you worked at UAMS? How long have you been in your current position?

I have been at UAMS for 21 years total. At first I was in the Regional Programs area and the last five years, I have been in Research.

What is your favorite part of the job? 

I enjoy the fast pace and the satisfaction of meeting deadlines.  My current position has provided the wonderful opportunity of building relationships campus-wide.  In my former UAMS position, I was located off site. I definitely prefer the energy that being on campus provides.

Are there any challenges?

Prioritizing importance of work is a challenge at times as it is ALL important.

In my role as Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor, I have become familiar with many of the research faculty and staff.  I am constantly in awe of the amazing research accomplishments, discoveries, and intelligence surrounding me. 

How do you/your group handle problematic issues?

At the end of every work day I attempt to foresee any problematic issues that could arise on the following days.  I do my best to put out fires before they actually start by thinking ahead and tagging up and coordinating with research co-workers to increase efficient planning.

Two people on bikes overlooking a canyonHow about after hours? What do you do for fun?

I love to take long road trips with my boyfriend across the US. I enjoy live music. I am also a newbie cycling enthusiast (gravel grinders and tandem stoker). Our cycling destinations are breathtaking such as Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.

Dog jumping, picture catches it in midairAdditionally, I just happen to live with an American bird dog legend…Beasley – a Brittany spaniel who is full of life.

What personal skill or hobby don’t most people know about you?
I have a 25 year old son who lives in Little Rock.  He is my proudest accomplishment.

Any last thoughts on your position as Executive Assistant?

This past year has brought many changes to the Office of Research, including a new Vice Chancellor, Shuk-Mei Ho, Ph.D.  I am looking forward to the future new directions and success of UAMS Research.