KUTZTOWN, Pa. -

Kutztown University has named an interim replacement for President F. Javier Cevallos.

Carlos Vargas-Aburto, the university's provost and vice president for academic and student affairs, will serve KU as acting president, effective July 1, the university announced Tuesday.

"Dr. Vargas brings a wealth of experience to the position, as well as outstanding institutional knowledge," said John Wabby, chairman, Kutztown University Council of Trustees. "We have full confidence in his ability to continue the level of excellence and leadership Dr. Cevallos brought to KU the past 12 years."

Vargas-Aburto came to Kutztown from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, where he served as provost and vice president for academic affairs. Prior to that, he served in several roles at Kent State University in Ohio. 

"I am honored to be asked to serve as Kutztown University's acting president," said Vargas-Aburto, who has also served as Kutztown's chief academic officer since 2006. "I look forward to continue working with our talented faculty and staff in maintaining excellent service to our students and the community."

Vargas-Aburto began his career in higher education at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), from which he received his bachelor of science degree in physics in 1971. He earned his Ph.D. in physics and aerospace science from the University of Michigan in 1978.

Cevallos, who has served as KU's president since 2002, is leaving to become president of Framingham State University.

A national search is underway for a permanent replacement.