Professor Brian Schmidt AC (HonDSc '11) has been appointed the next Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National University (ANU).
He will take up the position on 1 January 2016 at the conclusion of the term of current Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young AO.
ANU Chancellor Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC said the University Council was delighted the renowned astrophysicist and winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize for Physics had accepted the offer to become the University's 12th Vice-Chancellor.
"Brian Schmidt is superbly placed to deliver on the ambition of ANU founders - to permanently secure our position among the great universities of the world, and as a crucial contributor to the nation," Professor Evans said.
"We had a stellar field of international and Australian candidates, and have chosen an inspirational leader.
"Brian's vision, vitality, global stature and communication skills are going to take our national university to places it has never been before."
Professor Evans praised the work done by current Vice-Chancellor Professor Young to modernise the operation and strengthen the reputation of the University over the past five years.
"Never afraid of a challenge or a difficult decision, he will leave ANU with an excellent academic reputation, improved administration, in good financial shape with strong donor support, and well positioned for its next era," he said.