The provincial government has appointed David Besner as the chair of the New Brunswick Energy Institute for a three-year term.
Besner had been acting as the body's interim chair since last October, when Louis LaPierre resgined after his academic credentials were called into question.
Besner is a professional chemical engineer and former assistant deputy minister in the provincial government.
Prior to being the institute's interim chair, he was a member of its scientific advisory council.
The energy institute was created as an independent body by the provincial government with a mandate to examine the science surrounding emerging energy possibilities, including the possible development of a shale gas industry in New Brunswick.
"I am honoured to accept the role of energy institute chair," Besner said in a statement released through the government's communications service.
"The institute has a vital role to play in the provincial energy landscape and I am pleased to be leading a team of world-class experts and scientists who are dedicated to researching topics that could have a significant impact."
Energy Minister Craig Leonard said he was pleased that Besner accepted the assignment.
"With an ambitious research agenda in the months ahead, I know that [the institute] will benefit from his experience and expertise," said Leonard.