The University of Arkansas’ economic development head is stepping down from her post, effective Wednesday, July 1.
Stacy Leeds, the vice chancellor for economic development, is resigning her role to focus on writing projects, according to a university release. Leeds was the first head of the university’s Economic Development Office, a role she served in for three years.
“Stacy Leeds has transformed the University of Arkansas’ economic outreach to our state and furthered our drive to commercialize our faculty’s inventions,” Chancellor Joe Steinmetz said in a statement. “It’s truly remarkable how much she has accomplished since founding the Office of Economic Development only three years ago. Her leadership and vision have set the stage for the university to build on its $2.2 billion annual impact on the state of Arkansas.”
Prior to becoming the vice chancellor for economic development, Leeds served as the dean for the University of Arkansas School of Law, a role she held for seven years. Leeds continued to serve as the law school dean during her first year as the economic development head.
While she is stepping down from the vice chancellor position, Leeds will serve as a dean emeritus and professor of law.
Technology Ventures director David Snow has been appointed to be the interim vice chancellor for economic development. Snow is a recent hire for the university, coming to Fayetteville in 2019 to join the Technology Ventures department.
Steinmetz reportedly will launch a national search for the permanent vice chancellor of economic development.