Princeton University's provost has ascended to be the school's next president, the board of trustees announced Sunday.
Effective July 1, Christopher L. Eisgruber, Princeton's provost for the past nine years, will succeed Shirley M. Tilghman.
Tilghman announced last fall her intention to step down at the end of this academic year after 12 years in office.
Eisgruber, 51, said at a Sunday afternoon announcement that he is honored to lead the university, from which he graduated in 1983 with a degree in physics.
"One of Princeton's most attractive characteristics is its drive not only to sustain past successes but also to build new strengths in response to changing needs and opportunities," Eisgruber said. "I look forward to carrying out the initiatives that are already underway."