Hillary Clinton was appointed the new chancellor of Queen's University, Belfast (QUB).
She is the university's 11th chancellor and first woman to take up the post.
In a statement, Mrs Clinton said it was a "great privilege" to become the chancellor of QUB.
While the role of chancellor is mainly a ceremonial one, securing Mrs Clinton will be seen as a coup for Queen's.
The chancellor often presides at graduation ceremonies and is also an ambassador for the university abroad.
Watch what happened when she showed up for the induction: