07/21/2015 04:25 EDT | Updated 07/21/2016 05:59 EDT

Former head of Quebec bar J. Michel Doyon the province's new lieutenant-governor

OTTAWA - Former Quebec bar president J. Michel Doyon has been named the province's new lieutenant-governor.

The historian and former university lecturer will replace Pierre Duchesne, who has held the post since 2007.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the announcement in a statement Tuesday.

Doyon is also an ex-member of the board of directors of Radio-Canada, the CBC's French-language service.

Lieutenant-governors are appointed by the Governor General on the recommendation of the prime minister.

They serve as the official representatives of the Queen in their respective jurisdictions.