University of Arkansas names Joseph Steinmetz as new chancellor


Dr. Joseph E. Steinmetz / Courtesy

University of Arkansas officials have selected Joseph Steinmetz to serve as the sixth chancellor of the university.

Steinmetz is currently the executive vice president and provost of Ohio State University.

If approved by the system board, Steinmetz will be formally introduced as chancellor at a public press conference on Oct. 30, according to a UA statement. He is expected to begin work Jan. 1, 2016.

Steinmetz was one of three final candidates for the position that also included April Mason, provost and senior vice president at Kansas State University, and Jeffrey Vitter, provost and executive vice chancellor at Kansas University. Vitter dropped out of the running this week after being named as the top choice to become chancellor of the University of Mississippi.

Steinmetz visited the university last week to meet with students, faculty and staff before participating in a public forum in Fayetteville (see video above).

“I am looking forward to joining the University of Arkansas community as chancellor,” said Steinmetz in a statement. “I thoroughly enjoyed meeting with faculty, students and staff when on campus and felt a deep sense of excitement about the future of the institution from everyone I met there. It is a special place. I thank (UA System) President (Donald) Bobbitt and the Board of Trustees for this wonderful opportunity.”

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