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UA Chancellor Joe Steinmetz resigned from his position after five and a half years in an email sent to faculty, staff and students Thursday evening. His resignation is effective Friday. UA System President Don Bobbitt named managing associate general counsel Bill Kincaid acting chancellor in an email sent to the UA community Monday.

In his letter to the university community, Steinmetz said he found his career in higher education to be fulfilling, but after 38 years in the field, he needed “to do what’s best for my family” while making way for others.

“For the past 38 years, higher education has been not only my vocation, but my absolute commitment,” Steinmetz wrote. “My wife Sandy is the reason I get up in the morning, but the promise of teaching and learning, research and discovery, and outreach and engagement has kept me returning to the office day after day, year after year – steadfast in my belief of the power of higher education to improve lives.”

In the email, Steinmetz listed some of his accomplishments at the UofA and touted upcoming campus construction projects including the Institute for Integrative and Innovative Research and School of Art’s new building. He also noted that under his supervision the university raised $1.449 billion by the June 2020 close of its billion-dollar fundraising drive.

Bobbitt plans to meet with campus officials and external supporters before determining who the next chancellor will be, Steinmetz said in the email.

When reached for comment on the resignation, Manager of University Communications John Thomas referred Traveler staff to Steinmetz’s official statement. Thomas did not say who will serve as interim chancellor while Bobbitt finds a permanent replacement.

This is an ongoing report. The Arkansas Traveler will update this article as information is made available.

Jenna Swanson contributed to this report.

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