Jocelyne Roy-Vienneau, vice-president of the Université de Moncton's Shippagan campus, will be New Brunswick's next lieutenant-governor.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the appointment on Friday.
Roy-Vienneau was one of the first women to graduate from the Université de Moncton's engineering program.
She was CEO of the Bathurst campus of the New Brunswick Community College system and served as assistant deputy minister of education.
"Her career is illustrative of the excellence and diversity of our education system," Premier David Alward said in a statement.
"She’s been influential at every stop along her way and I have no doubt that will continue in her new position as lieutenant-governor."
Roy-Vienneau will be the province's 31st lieutenant-governor. She will replace Lt.-Gov. Graydon Nicholas.