University of Mississippi Medical Center Vice Chancellor LouAnn Woodward and Medical Center CEO Kevin Cook have signed new four-year contracts. Woodward, the first woman to serve as chief of UMMC in Jackson, was appointed in February 2015 and given only a two-year contract at a time of unraveling relations between then-University Chancellor Dan Jones, who named her, and the Institutes of Higher Learning board of trustees. “We’re moving forward,” UMCC trustees President Dr. Rouse said after Woodward’s contract renewal. “I don’t think we’ve reached the goal. I do think we’re moving in the right direction.” The medical center has more than 10,000 employees and more than 3,000 students.

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