Staff attorney Bill Kincaid has been named acting chancellor for the University of Arkansas, school officials announced Monday.
On Thursday, Dr. Joseph Steinmetz announced his resignation as chancellor of the Fayetteville flagship campus, effective Friday. The move came hours after the UA System board met in executive session.
Kincaid will serve for a few weeks only, UA System President Donald Bobbitt said in a statement. Bobbitt said a decision about the search for a new chancellor would come at a later date. Kincaid, 55 and a Fayetteville native, is managing associate general counsel for the Fayetteville campus and has worked for the UA since 2000.
In a statement, Bobbitt said he’s committed to working with the board, campus community and UA supporters in “pursuing a path to finding the next chancellor” for the university.
“While I know the decision by Chancellor Steinmetz to resign from his position last week came as a surprise to many, the University of Arkansas remains in a strong position and prepared for a bright future,” he said. “Mr. Kincaid has more than two decades of high-level experience at the University of Arkansas being involved in an array of campus-wide issues and is a great fit to meet this immediate need on campus,” Bobbitt said. “I appreciate his willingness to take on this temporary role and I’m confident that the university’s daily operations and relations are in capable hands.”
Kincaid is a 1988 honors graduate of Yale University and received his law degree in 1993 from the University of Virginia. He also holds a master’s in public affairs from Princeton University through a joint program. Prior to joining the UA, Kincaid worked with the U.S. Department of Education and the White House Domestic Policy Council. He also previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard S. Arnold, who at that time was Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He and his wife, the former Missy Darwin, have two children currently attending the UA.
“I appreciate Dr. Bobbitt asking me to serve in this capacity,” Kincaid said in a statement. “It’s an honor, especially as we continue to celebrate our 150th year serving the state of Arkansas. I look forward to working with our outstanding leadership team, faculty and staff over the next few weeks to keep the university moving forward. We have a lot of work to do to get ready to welcome students this fall and continue progress on a range of initiatives.”
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