(Incoming UVic President Kevil Hall/Instagram)

The University of Victoria has announced the appointment of the eighth President in their 57-year-long history.

Kevin Hall, currently serving as Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President Global Engagement & Partnerships at the University of Newcastle in Australia, will be taking over the role of President at UVic starting November 1, 2020.

“After an extensive international search, the committee decided that Dr. Kevin Hall is exactly the right choice to lead the University of Victoria as its next president,” said UVic Board of Governors Chair Cathy McIntyre in a statement Thursday morning.

“Dr. Hall has the research and executive experience to advance UVic’s global reputation and stature in all its activities. He has a deep commitment to the impact universities can make in their communities, to equity, diversity and inclusion, and to advancing our goals on truth, respect and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.”

Hall’s appointment comes after a year-long search process involving input from the Board of Governors, Senate, faculties, staff, graduate and undergraduate students, and the UVic Alumni association, according to a statement from the university.

He has previously served the University of Guelph as vice-president for research and external partnerships.

Hall comes from a background of civil engineering, and has conducted research on water quality modelling and environmental monitoring, pathogen detection systems, and water and health in marginalized communities.

He will be replacing current President Jamie Cassels who was first appointed to the role in July 2013.