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.