Kincaid Named Acting Chancellor at University of Arkansas

Bill Kincaid
University Relations

Bill Kincaid

LITTLE ROCK Ark. – U of A System President Donald R. Bobbitt today named Bill Kincaid, managing associate general counsel at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, as acting chancellor of the flagship university effective immediately.

Bobbitt said Kincaid, a Fayetteville native, will serve in the acting role for "a few weeks" while he visits with stakeholders of the university to identify the best person to lead the campus through the next academic year and beyond.

Bobbitt announced the decision in a letter to the campus community earlier today, where he reiterated the institution's solid standing and his resolve to move forward.

icon for pdf
Campus letter from President Don Bobbit

"I am committed to working with the Board of Trustees, the campus community and all supporters of the university in pursuing a path to finding the next chancellor of the University of Arkansas," Bobbitt wrote. "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."

Kincaid, 55, has served as associate general counsel at the institution since 2000, and as managing associate general counsel since 2018.

"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. He obtained 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 U of A, 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 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He is married to Missy Darwin Kincaid and has two children currently attending the U of A.

"I appreciate Dr. Bobbitt asking me to serve in this capacity," Kincaid said. "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."

Former Chancellor Joseph E. Steinmetz sent a letter to campus signifying his immediate resignation on June 17, and an official letter of resignation was received and accepted by Bobbitt on June 18. Steinmetz led the institution since he became the sixth chancellor of the U of A in January 2016.


Nate Hinkel, director of communications
UA System


Pryor Center to Present 'Revealing Fayetteville's Hidden Cultural Landscape'

Sharon Killian and Jami J. Lockhart will present "Revealing Fayetteville's Hidden Cultural Landscape" at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at the David and Barbara Pryor Center on the Fayetteville Square.

Cooper Awarded Sylvia Lane Mentor Fellowship by Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Courtney Cooper, a doctoral student in environmental dynamics, will work with Dawn Thilmany, a professor of agricultural economics at Colorado State University.

Christal Badour, Expert in Trauma, to Give Colloquium March 30

Alumna Christal Badour, an an associate professor at the University of Kentucky, will discuss sexual trauma during a lecture at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, in Chemistry Building room 0144.

Engineering Faculty Travel to North Carolina to Connect With Educators and Students

Burak Eksioglu, industrial engineering professor and graduate program chair, and Ed Pohl, professor and department head, met with students in North Carolina to recruit graduate students.

Razorback Women's Basketball Takes on Texas Tech at 7 p.m. Friday

After defeating Stephen F. Austin in the second round, the Arkansas Razorbacks will take on Texas Tech at 7 p.m. Friday in Bud Walton Arena.

News Daily