OAKLAND -- A former Michigan State University provost has been appointed to serve as the chancellor for UC Riverside, University of California President Mark Yudof announced Thursday.

Kim Wilcox, 59, a professor of communicative sciences and disorders, will be the ninth chancellor of the Riverside campus, Yudof said in a press release.

"He has been a dedicated teacher, scholar and researcher who also excelled as an academic leader and chief executive, always maintaining his commitment to diversity and access to higher education," Yudof said.

Details of the appointment, including compensation, will be finalized during a UC Board of Regents meeting on Aug. 8.

Wilcox stepped down as Michigan State's provost and executive vice president late last year. He had served in those positions since 2005, overseeing more than 200 academic programs, with approximately 49,000 students and 5,000 faculty members.

While at Michigan State, Wilcox was credited with increasing the percentage of underrepresented students while upping the academic credentials of entering freshmen, according to the release.

Previously, he served as a University of Kansas dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and as president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents.

Wilcox replaces Timothy White, who left UC Riverside at the end of 2012 to become chancellor of the California State University system.

Interim Chancellor Jane Close Conoley called Wilcox an excellent choice.

The University of Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres in inland Southern California and enrolled more than 21,000 students in Fall 2012.