UCSF Medical School Dean Sam Hawgood, has emerged from a national search as the top candidate to lead the campus as its 10th chancellor.

UC President Janet Napolitano announced Wednesday that she had selected him for the post, according to a news release. Hawgood, 61, a scientist, educator and physician has been interim chancellor since April 1.

The UC Board of Regents is expected to vote on Hawgood's appointment at the end of their July 17 meeting.

"Sam Hawgood has served UC San Francisco exceedingly well for three decades -- as a researcher, physician and leader," Napolitano said in the release.

Hawgood has been dean of the UCSF School of Medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs since September 2009.

The native of Australia entered medical school at the age of 17, and graduated with First Class Honors from the University of Queensland in Brisbane with a degree in medicine and surgery.

Hawgood and his wife Jane, a social worker who recently retired, have two grown sons.