WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Howard University has announced the appointment of Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick as the university's 17th President.

Frederick has served as the university's interim president since October 2013 and previously served as Howard's Provost and Chief Academic Officer, charged with oversight of Howard's 13 schools and colleges, as well as its health sciences enterprise.

"I am deeply honored to be selected by the Board of Trustees to lead this great University," Frederick said in a statement. "Howard University has been an unparalleled catalyst since its founding, opening doors and expanding opportunity for untold individuals while driving research, innovation, service, and excellence. On the cusp of our 150th anniversary, I could not be more humbled to accept the mantle of leadership and embrace the sacred trust of our motto, Truth and Service."

Frederick is a lifelong member of the Bison family. He enrolled at the university as a 16-year-old from Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, earned a dual B.S./M.D. degree program at 22, and went on to enter a surgical residency at Howard University Hospital.

He later completed a post-doctoral research fellowship and a surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Howard's School of Business.