Richard McCormick, a North Carolina university administrator, was named Wednesday as the University of Washington’s new president.
The UW regents voted unanimously to offer the job to McCormick, who accepted and will assume the post Sept. 1.
He replaces William Gerberding, who is retiring Aug. 31 after 16 years as president of the 34,000-student university.
McCormick is the No. 2 administrator at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The job carries an annual salary of $195,000. McCormick will be paid a consulting fee of $25,000 for the transition period from June 15 to Aug. 31.
The search for a new UW president has lasted 13 months.
McCormick, trained as an American historian, became provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at North Carolina in June 1992. He also assumed the responsibilities of executive vice chancellor in December 1993.
He oversees academic programs and support services at UNC, which has 2,300 faculty members and 24,000 students in more than 100 fields.
McCormick earned degrees from Amherst and Yale.