The College of the Marshall Islands has named Theresa Koroivulaono as its new president.
Dr Koroivulaono will take over from current president Carl Hacker in the early part of 2015.
Mr Hacker has been president for a three-year term, which was extended in November until the hiring of the new president could be accomplished.
Dr Koroivulaono currently works at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji where she has been an acting director of the Centre for Flexible Learning since 2012.
She has worked at USP since 2002. Prior to that she worked at Air Fiji and the University of Auckland, where she did her academic studies, including achieving a PhD. in 2010.
Marshall Islands College officials hope she is be able to take up her post before the scheduled March visit by a team from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
It is a key accreditation visit to the college, which is currently on "warning" sanction related to fiscal deficits in previous years and the need to increase its endowment and contingency funds.