He will be 14th president of the University of Michigan.
Schlissel is currently the provost for Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He will succeed Mary Sue Coleman, who is retiring July 1st, 2014. Coleman is retiring after 12 years leading the University of Michigan.
“It is a tremendous honor to be entrusted with the presidency of one of the nation’s great public universities,” Schlissel said following the vote by the regents.
Before being named provost at Brown in 2011, Schlissel was University of California at Berkeley’s Dean of Biological Sciences in the College of Letters & Science and held the C.H. Li Chair in Biochemistry.