Charles Robinson named interim chancellor at University of Arkansas

Charles Robinson has been named interim chancellor for the University of Arkansas, the school announced on Monday.

Robinson, currently provost and executive vice chancellor for student affairs, will begin the role Aug. 16.

He will replace Bill Kincaid, who was named acting chancellor after former Chancellor Joe Steinmetz resigned on June 18. Kincaid will return to his role on campus as senior managing associate general counsel.

Charles Robinson / Photo: Russell Cothren, University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas System President Donald Bobbitt said a national search will begin to consider both internal and external candidates for the permanent chancellor position, and that he will form a representative search committee to assist in the search process.

In a letter sent to the campus community, Bobbitt said Robinson has a unique skill set having led the university’s efforts in academics, student affairs and diversity affairs during his tenure.

“He has a strong connection not only with our students and faculty, but also with the university’s external constituencies,” said Bobbitt. “During a transition period, it is imperative to have a leader in place who has the trust and confidence of all stakeholder groups, and I am confident that Dr. Robinson has the background, personality and temperament to work with everyone to drive the U of A forward through the coming year.”

Robinson has served as provost since July 2020 and as vice chancellor of student affairs since 2015.

“I’m honored to be selected to serve the University of Arkansas as interim chancellor and would like to thank Dr. Bobbitt for entrusting me with this important role,” Robinson said. “We have amazing students, faculty and staff, and it’s a privilege to continue working with them as we prepare for the upcoming fall semester, and advance many long-term initiatives in service of Arkansas.”

Robinson earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Houston, a master’s degree in history from Rice University, and a doctorate in history from the University of Houston.