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Transition to occur sometime this spring, says Board of Regents chairman Dan Campbell.
She's incredibly grateful for the opportunity . The work that happens here truly transforms peoples' lives.'
Watkins, the first-ever woman president of the U., said she is 'incredibly touched.'
Ruth Watkins, new U. president, receives a standing ovation. She jokes she thought about "10 people would come today" for the announcement.
She is the first woman to serve as U. President. The room erupted in wild applause and cheers.
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