University of Kentucky Provost Kumble Subbaswamy has been appointed chancellor of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the UMass system's flagship university, officials announced late Monday.
The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor of Subbaswamy, who was one of four finalists.
"Dr. Subbaswamy is a proven academic leader who will guide the Amherst campus to new heights," said Robert Caret, president of the University of Massachusetts system. "I firmly believe that he has the experience, the vision, the intellect and the drive needed to move our flagship campus forward."
Subbaswamy was named provost at UK in 2006 by President Lee T. Todd. He had been a longtime faculty member, joining UK's physics faculty in 1978. He was dean of arts and sciences at the University of Miami from 1997 to 2000, before he took the same position at Indiana University until 2006.
Swamy, as he was known at UK, was not a finalist for the UK presidency, which was filled by Eli Capilouto in 2011. He was a finalist for the presidents' jobs at the University of Utah and Iowa State University in recent months.
"I accept the position with humility and gratitude," Swamy said in a statement. "I am inspired and excited by the confidence expressed in me by the board of trustees, president Caret and the campus community. I look forward to the challenges ahead, knowing full well that the campus is strongly committed to fulfilling its promise and mission as the Commonwealth's public university flagship."