FAIRFIELD, Maine — The Maine Community College System board of trustees appointed Dr. Richard Hopper as Kennebec Valley Community College’s newest president on Wednesday afternoon.

MCCS President John Fitzsimmons nominated Hopper for the position, and the board of trustees endorsed him during a meeting at Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle.

Hopper, a Westport Island resident, will assume his new role on April 22, 2013.

“It’s a privilege and an honor to be chosen to lead Kennebec Valley Community College forward,” Hopper said in a statement. “KVCC is a remarkable institution, ranked as one of the top community colleges in the United States and providing opportunity to thousands. I’m thrilled to work with such a committed group in growing the institution to meet the needs of the local community and Maine businesses.”

Dr. Barbara Woodlee is retiring in April after 30 years as KVCC’s president. Woodlee will continue to serve as a part-time academic officer in the Maine Community College System.

Hopper is a senior education specialist in the World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia Region. He has overseen lending operations, grants and technical assistance for education, according to the Maine Community College System. He has held a number of positions in 13 years with the World Bank.