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story.lead_photo.caption Joseph Steinmetz, who has been selected as the new chancellor at the University of Arkansas pending approval from the Board of Trustees, speaks Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at the Faulkner Center for Performing Arts on the campus in Fayetteville. - Photo by David Gottschalk

Officials with the University of Arkansas announced Wednesday the selection of Joseph E. Steinmetz to serve as the sixth chancellor of the flagship campus in Fayetteville.

Steinmetz, who is currently serving as the executive vice president and provost of Ohio State University, will still have to be approved by a formal vote by the system's Board of Trustees, according to information posted online by the University Wednesday morning.

If approved, his expected start date will be Jan. 1, 2016. Steinmetz's salary will be $700,000 a year.

In a statement, University of Arkansas System President Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt said Steinmetz had exceeded expectations.

"He is certainly the right chancellor at the right time to continue UA’s progress into the future,” Bobbitt added.

Steinmetz in the statement called UA "a special place" and said it presented a "wonderful opportunity."

“I thoroughly enjoyed meeting with faculty, students and staff when on campus and felt a deep sense of excitement about the future of the institution from everyone I met there," he said.

Steinmetz beat out April Mason, a provost and senior vice president at Kansas State University, for the job. Another finalist, University of Kansas Provost Jeffrey Vitter, dropped out after being named the leading candidate to be the chancellor at the University of Mississippi on Monday.

See Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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