Professor Richardson is currently deputy vice-chancellor at the Norfolk university, as well as a professor of bacterial biochemistry.
Since joining UEA in 1991 as a lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences, he has been associate dean and dean of the faculty of science, before being made pro-vice-chancellor for research, enterprise and engagement in 2011. He became deputy vice-chancellor in August 2012.
“I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed as UEA’s next vice-chancellor,” Professor Richardson said.
“UEA has played an important part in my working life and I am determined to take it from strength to strength.”
In addition to his university roles, Professor Richardson is a member of the governing councils of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and of the Norwich Research Park.
Richard Jewson, chair of UEA’s council, said: “I am confident that David’s outstanding leadership qualities and research experience will make him an excellent successor to Edward Acton.
“David’s drive, energy and commitment to UEA shone through at interview and I and my fellow members of council look forward to working with him in his new role.”