Professor Sir David Watson, currently Professor of Higher Education Management at the Institute of Education, University of London, has been elected as the next Principal of Green Templeton College.
He will take office on 1 October 2010, succeeding Dr Colin Bundy who is retiring.
"Green Templeton College represents a powerful and principled commitment to understanding and improving human health and welfare. I am both honoured and excited by the prospect of being its next Principal," says Sir David.
"Under Colin Bundy the new College has rapidly become an outward-looking, diverse and dynamic community, and I am very much looking forward to working with Fellows, students and staff to build its reputation as one of the most stimulating environments in Oxford for graduate study and research."
Sir David's academic interests are in the history of American ideas and in higher education policy.
He has contributed widely to developments in UK higher education, including as a member of the Committee of Inquiry chaired by Lord Dearing in 1996-97. Between 1990 and 2005 he was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Brighton.
More recently he chaired the Commission of Inquiry into the future for lifelong learning which reported in September 2009. He is currently a trustee of the Nuffield Foundation and also a member of the Advisory Board for the Higher Education Policy Institute.
Sir David was knighted in 1998 for services to education and awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2008.
Dr Marshall Young, Vice-Principal of Green Templeton College, comments: "The Fellowship is delighted to announce this appointment.
"Sir David is a very well-known and highly-regarded figure in higher education, with a successful track record of institutional leadership. His extensive experience in higher and postgraduate education will stand the College in good stead as it navigates the changes that will inevitably impact universities in the post credit-crunch period.
"His understanding and experience of the academic demands of medicine, management and social policy make him particularly well placed to lead the College in addressing its objective of establishing support for its postgraduate students and Faculty in these areas which is second to none.
"It is also clear that Sir David is more than willing to lead the Fellows and students in exploring whatever new approaches might be required to accelerate the establishment of a top international profile for Green Templeton as a 21st century College with an academic focus on the contemporary world and human welfare."