The governing authority of the University of Limerick (UL) have approved the appointment of Prof Kerstin Mey as the university's new president.
Prof Mey has been interim president since September 2020, following the resignation of former president Des Fitzgerald earlier that year.
On Friday, the university's chancellor, Mary Harney confirmed Prof Mey's appointment.
"President Mey is a very worthy appointee and one who has led the University through a very challenging time into the past year.
"She has more than demonstrated her capacity for leadership in her interim role as president and brought great pride to the entire UL community as the first female president in an Irish university," Ms Harney said.
Prof Mey said she was honoured to be chosen as UL's new president, adding she is "very much looking forward to building on the many achievements of UL" and ensuring the university will "continue to thrive".
"I want us to capitalise on UL’s heritage as pioneer, entrepreneur and disruptor.
"We have a major part to play in the social, economic and ecological transformation of the Mid-West region," she added.