Theodore L. Hullar, 49, executive vice chancellor at the University of California, Riverside, on Friday was named chancellor of the Riverside campus, effective July 1.
The university board of regents, holding its monthly meeting on the Irvine campus, approved Hullar to succeed Tomas Rivera, who died last May.
"The fit between Ted Hullar's impressive attributes and UC Riverside's momentum for growth and development is exactly right for this time and place," said UC President David Gardner.
Gardner said Hullar was a search committee's choice in a field of more than 300 applicants. With about 4,800 students, Riverside is the smallest of the nine campuses in the University of California system. Its growth has accelerated in recent years as other campuses, particularly UCLA and Berkeley, have been unable to accommodate all their applicants.
Hullar said that one of his goals will be to continue to inform Southern California high school students about the attractiveness of the Riverside campus.
A biochemist with specialties in environmental areas, Hullar joined the Riverside campus last July as executive vice chancellor. Before that, he spent five years at Cornell University in New York as director of the agricultural experimental station and director of the New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Hullar received his bachelor of science degree and his doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Minnesota. He and his wife, Joan, have two sons, Theodore, 19, and Timothy, 16.
The regents approved a salary for Hullar of $92,000 a year.