Stacy Leeds Named UA Vice Chancellor for Economic Development

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Wednesday, Jul. 11, 2018 11:17 am   2 min read

Stacy Leeds

Stacy Leeds, a former dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law, has been appointed vice chancellor for economic development. 

Leeds has served in the role on an interim basis since August. The UA Office of Economic Development directs the university’s efforts to "expand economic opportunities and improve quality of life in Arkansas and beyond," the UA said in a news release. 

"Stacy's spirit of collaboration and administrative experience are a natural fit for this position that touches many offices around campus and is so important to the university’s land-grant mission," UA Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz said. "She brings a deep knowledge of the state’s business community and nonprofit partners, providing a connection to university resources in talent development, research and innovation and stewardship of place."

Leeds will oversee the offices of Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Industry Engagement; Corporate and Foundation Relations; the Sustainability Consortium; World Trade Center Arkansas; the Arkansas Research and Technology Park; Technology Ventures; the Small Business and Technology Development Center; and the new Tribal Governance and Economic Empowerment Consortium.

"With past studies showing the University of Arkansas has a $1.2 billion impact on the state of Arkansas, the Office of Economic Development is instrumental in helping the state achieve sustained increases in prosperity and quality of life as well as serving as a connector and resource for community partners," Leeds said.

Leeds was dean of the law school from 2011 until July 1. She also served on the executive committee for the Northwest Arkansas Council.

Chris McCoy

Also this week, the UA said Chris McCoy has been appointed vice chancellor for finance and administration, effective Aug. 2.

McCoy previously served as the university's associate vice chancellor for Information Technology Services and chief information officer.

"Chris McCoy is an accomplished leader with more than 30 years of experience in higher education, most of that supporting the land-grant mission," Steinmetz said. "He has spent the last eight years leading technology development and business alignment for enterprise resource planning systems including the current UA System [enterprise resource planning] project. His experience in this area will serve us well as we begin to implement the project and modernize our financial and human resources processes."

According to the UA, enterprise resource planning uses software and collective data to integrate the various functions of the university — from human resources to business processes to financial affairs — combining them into a single system that streamlines processes and information across the UA System.

In his new role, McCoy will oversee seven units including facilities management, human resources, information technology services, business and administrative strategic information systems, business affairs, financial affairs and the university police department. 

The UA said a search will begin immediately for a new associate vice chancellor for Information Technology Services and CIO.



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