Alfred H. Bloom, the president of Swarthmore College, will become vice chancellor of New York University's new campus in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, college officials announced yesterday.

Bloom, who announced in May that he was leaving Swarthmore after 17 years at the helm, will serve as a consultant on the project while he finishes out his term as Swarthmore's president and begin his new duties no later than August 2009.

The Middle East campus, scheduled to begin enrolling students in 2010, will include a liberal arts college, graduate programs, and a world center for advanced research and scholarship.

"I was drawn to this project by what makes it so extraordinary: the opportunity to develop a world-class center of learning and intellectual advance from the ground up, and to create an active connection with the Washington Square campus, thereby providing the foundation for a new concept of global university," Bloom said in a statement.

- Susan Snyder