Former South Australian governor Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce has been appointed as The University of Adelaide's 16th chancellor.
Mr Scarce will start his new position on December 1 and will succeed former chancellor Robert Hill who retired from the position in July.
Deputy chancellor Dianne Davidson said the University of Adelaide Council was delighted to welcome Mr Scarce as Australia's higher education sector faces reform.
"He has been a great supporter of the University of Adelaide for many years and he offers a unique set of experiences and insights to lead our council going forward," she said.
"He has a long history of working productively with both local industry and the State Government and, most importantly, he shares wholeheartedly our vision to become Australia's most distinctive university and to firmly reinforce our reputation as the state's leading research-intensive institution."
Mr Scarce said he was looking forward to starting his position at the university.
"I have enormous admiration for the work undertaken by the University of Adelaide, from the cutting-edge research and commercialisation opportunities to the education of our best and brightest students," he said.
"The University of Adelaide is an integral part of South Australia's identity and delivers in so many ways to the state's economy and future prosperity.
"I am looking forward to driving an even closer relationship with the community, especially with business."