Steinmetz to chair economic council
FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville chancellor has been named presiding co-chairman for the Northwest Arkansas Council, a regional economic and workforce development group.
Joe Steinmetz, the UA chancellor, will serve for one year in the role, which is an unpaid, volunteer position, Rob Smith, the council’s communications and policy director, said in an email. Steinmetz was named to the role during a meeting of the council Wednesday, Smith said.
“My plan is to encourage ways in which the community can collaborate with higher education for mutual benefit,” Steinmetz said in a statement.
He takes over for Donnie Smith, former Tyson Foods president and chief executive officer.
Previous UA chancellors G. David Gearhart and John White also have served in this role, according to UA. Gearhart served in 2011-12.