Stacy L. Leeds is Vice Chancellor for Economic Development, Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas. As Vice Chancellor, she provides leadership for campus-wide engagement, collaboration, and outreach to citizens, businesses, governmental and nonprofit entities in Arkansas and beyond. She works closely with UA's ten colleges, schools and divisions to amplify the university's economic and social impact. The University of Arkansas is the state's flagship and a land-grant research institution serving over 27,000 students.
From 2011-2018, Dean Leeds served as the 12th dean of the University of Arkansas School of Law. She is the only native woman to have served as dean of a law school in the United States. She currently teaches American Indian law, including a legal clinic. She holds law degrees from the University of Wisconsin (LL.M.) and the University of Tulsa (J.D.). She is also a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis (B.A.) and the University of Tennessee (M.B.A). Prior to joining the University of Arkansas, Leeds was a professor and administrator at the University of Kansas and the University of North Dakota. She began her academic career as a William H. Hastie Fellow at the University of Wisconsin School of Law. She is a recipient of the American Bar Association's Spirit of Excellence Award and an elected member of the American Law Institute. She is a former Alphonse Fletcher, Sr. Fellow affiliated with the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University and a former Sequoyah Fellow at Northeastern State University.
Leeds currently serves on many national and local boards including the American Indian Graduate Center, the Law School Admission Council, Arkansas Children's Hospital Northwest, Arvest Bank (Fayetteville), Theatre Squared, Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, Kituwah Economic Development Board, Charles Thomas & Mary Alice Pearson Educational Foundation, Akiptan, Inc., Northwest Arkansas Council and Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce. Her past government appointments includes serving as a Justice on the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court, Chairperson for the Cherokee Nation Gaming Commission, and appointments in eight tribal judiciaries at both the trial and appellate levels.
A former athlete and life-long sports enthusiast, she was inducted into the Muskogee Athletic Hall of Fame in her hometown in Oklahoma (2015) and was a two-sport college athlete at Washington University in St. Louis. In 2016, she completed a 950-mile journey as a Cherokee Nation Remember the Removal cyclist.