Professor James Conroy of Glasgow University has been appointed as Vice Principal International having previously held senior positions in other faculties at the institution.
Professor Conroy said: "The University of Glasgow is a great, global institution with deep civic roots, and I am honoured and delighted to be assuming the leadership of our ongoing internationalisation work.
"Building on the commitment of so many talented colleagues we will continue to enhance our research and teaching partnerships with our many world class partners from Columbia, New York to Nankai, China."
Initially a five-year post, Professor Conroy will be responsible for attracting and keeping international students and staff, as well as promoting a culturally diverse community at the university.
Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal and vice-chancellor of the university, said: "Jim will bring his considerable experience as academic, senior university manager and International Dean to the role and I am sure he will make a considerable contribution to this strategically critical area in the life and future success of the university."