A paediatric surgeon who was the acting provost at the University of Hong Kong over the past month has been appointed as interim provost.
A member of the university council, Cheung Kie-chung, said while both positions are temporary, the interim tag implies that Professor Paul Tam will remain at the post for months, rather than days.
The university council - its governing body - is still searching for a suitable candidate to fill the provost position in the longer term. Professor Tam will serve in a temporary capacity until his replacement takes office.
The council has previously decided that a new provost must be named before another key position - that of pro-vice-chancellor - is appointed. Former law dean Professor Johannes Chan has been recommended for the pro-vice-chancellorship, but the council decided twice to defer his appointment so the future provost can give input.
Cheung told RTHK the change in Tam's title has no bearing on the appointment of a new pro-vice-chancellor.