David A. Greene, executive vice president at University of Chicago, will take office July 1 as Colby College's 20th president.
Greene, 50, will succeed William D. Adams, who has been president since 2000 and will remain in his position until June 30, 2014.
The announcement was made today by Robert E. Diamond, chairman of Colby's Board of Trustees, who hailed Greene as an innovative leader and champion of the liberal arts who is the ideal person to usher Colby into its third century. The college was founded in 1813.
Diamond called Greene bold, ambitious and strategic, and said he is a team builder with a terrific energy.