New UA chancellor balances administrative responsibilities and students

Posted: March 27, 2016 at 1 a.m.

Joseph Steinmetz, chancellor of the University of Arkansas, photographed on Jan. 29 on the Fayetteville campus.

Joseph E. Steinmetz became chancellor of the University of Arkansas on Jan. 1.

Joseph E. Steinmetz

• Date and place of birth: Jan. 6, 1955, in Marine City, Mich.

• Family: wife, Sandy; two sons and four grandchildren

• Education: bachelor’s and master’s degrees in experimental psychology from Central Michigan University and doctorate in behavioral neuroscience from Ohio University

• First jobs: dishwasher at a small restaurant as a teenager, church organist and paperboy

• Current read: “Hollywood Book of Death,” summaries of how movie stars died

• Favorite school subject: math

• Favorite sports team: Detroit Redwings

• If I had an extra hour each day, I’d: play the piano

• Thing I would like to change about myself: I exercise almost every day, but wish I ate better

• Pet peeve: don’t like people who don’t get to the point

• What’s always in my refrigerator: a six-pack of beer. I’m a craft beer lover.

• Something that might surprise people: I’m a very informal person. I would rather not wear a suit and tie.

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