Francisco Rojas Aravena has been named rector of the University for Peace until 2018, the university said.
He has been secretary general of Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales. He is Chilean and by training a political scientist.
He has been a professor at the University Nacional in Heredia.
Rojas was a Fulbright fellow to Florida International University in Miami. He is the author or editor of some 80 books, has written more than 100 book chapters and 138 academic and popular articles. He holds a doctoral degree from the University of Utrecht in Holland.
The university, a United Nations, project, is in Ciudad Colón.