Scientist Deborah MacLatchy has been named the next president of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo.

MacLatchy was formerly the school's dean of science and since 2009 held the position of provost and Vice-president: Academic at Laurier. 

"I wanted the job because I have such a deep commitment to this institution and its mission and values," said MacLatchy. "And as well to everything universities do to support our youth and our communities in meeting their aspirations."

"This is an exciting day for the Laurier community," said John Bowey, chair of the university's board of governors in a news release.

"Dr. MacLatchy is an accomplished scientist," said Bowey. 

"Her passion for Laurier and her deep understanding of the post-secondary environment in Ontario and Canada will provide the university with vision, exceptional leadership and valuable continuity," he said.

MacLatchy was key in establishing the university's Centre for Women in Science, said university spokesman Kevin Crawley in an email to CBC News, and was named one of Canada's Most Powerful Women by the Women's Executive Network in 2012.

MacLatchy says she hopes in her new role she can tell the stories that will allow government and partners who donate to the university to be supportive of Laurier's goals.

"I don't worry that Laurier is lacking as far as what it is that we do day to day here," said MacLatchey. "Those are not the things that keep me up at night. It's how do I best support that all of those aspirations are going to be able to be realized."

MacLatchy takes over as president on July 1. Current president Max Blouw's second five-year term ends on June 30.