Clinton’s Ashford University is getting a new president.

The university’s board of trustees announced Thursday that Richard Pattenaude has been appointed to the position of president-elect, with plans to assume the role Oct. 19.

Ashford is owned by California-based Bridgepoint Education, and Pattenaude will be based in California, as is current Ashford president Elizabeth Tice, who has served in the role since January 2011.

Pattenaude is expected to serve as president until August 2015, according to a news release issued Thursday by Bridgepoint, which is undergoing staff and departmental changes in its quest to get reaccredited.

Pattenaude is chairman of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, a regional accrediting body.

He served as chancellor of the University of Maine System from 2007 until 2012. Before that, he was president of the University of Southern Maine for 16 years.

He now serves as the University of Maine System’s chancellor emeritus and system professor of political science.

Tice will stay with Ashford as executive vice president of academic affairs. She and two higher education experts will report to Pattenaude and act as senior internal advisers to the new president, the release states.