The Papua New Guinea government's former chief secretary Robert Igara is to head the University of PNG.
The newspaper The National reports the former diplomat has been named as chancellor by the Minister for Higher Education, Pila Niningi.
Mr Igara has also been appointed to head the university interim council which has been endorsed by the National Executive Council.
He replaces businessman Jeffery Kennedy who resigned recently.
Mr Niningi also named Gabriel Pepson and Peter Vagi to the interim council, bringing its membership to 13.
There are two vacancies remaining for student and staff representatives.