Willeke Wendrich, director of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, was elected president of the International Association of Egyptologists. This was announced on the first day of the 12th International Congress of Egyptologists, held in Giza, Egypt, Nov. 3–8. It is attended by large numbers of Egyptologists, Egyptian archaeologists, researchers, heritage professionals and others interested in Egyptology from many countries around the world.

As a candidate for the presidency of the International Association of Egyptologists, Wendrich’s nomination required the support of at least 10 professional or honorary members of the association. She will serve for four years, until the next congress.

Wendrich, who is also professor of near eastern languages and cultures, is the editor-in-chief of the UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology and co-principal investigator of both the Digital Karnak Project and the Ancient Egyptian Architecture Online project. She has more than 30 years of experience in archaeological excavation and survey in Egypt and has conducted archaeological field schools for the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities from 2002 until 2014.