Yale has named Peter Salovey, its provost and a renowned scholar in the field of psychology, as the university’s new president. He replaces Richard Levin, who announced in August that he would step down at the end of the academic year after 20 years leading the Ivy League university. Salovey, who was appointed provost in 2008, will become Yale’s 23d president, effective June 30. Salovey was instrumental in academic innovation and reform at Yale, officials said. He has been credited with providing more international opportunities for undergraduates, launching freshman seminars, and instituting rigorous courses that introduced science topics to nonscience majors.

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