Dr Daniel Fider has been elected interim president of the Northern Caribbean University (NCU), replacing Dr Herbert Thompson, who retired suddenly from the post last week.
Fider was vice-president for facilities, planning and information systems at NCU before his newest appointment on Monday.
Thompson retired from NCU after serving the institution for 20 years. He had told The Gleaner then that he was leaving the institution to "pursue personal interests".
"It is a privilege and also a challenge, which I humbly accept, to serve in the interim as president of this great Adventist institution," said Fider. "We are at a point of transition and at a point that we need to continue what was started years ago."
Fider has served at NCU for the past 12 years in various capacities. He is also associate professor of leadership.
In the meantime, the board of NCU has selected an 11-man search team to be chaired by Dr June Smith, a counselling psychologist and a professor of psychology at the Long Island University in New York, United States, to find a suitable candidate for the position of president.