The university has announced that Avind Gupta, CEO and scientific director of the Canadian not-for-profit firm Mitacs (MY-tacs), will take over the top job as well the position of vice-chancellor.
Gupta succeeds Stephen Toope, who will wrap up eight years on the job on June 30.
The UBC board of governors made the appointment after an international search for a new president.
Board chairman John Montalbano says Gupta clearly stood out as the best choice to lead the university.
Gupta will be the university's 13th president and vice-chancellor since 1913.