A medical university in Tokyo that was recently found to have manipulated entrance exam scores to discriminate against female applicants has chosen its first female president, officials said Thursday.

Yukiko Hayashi, head of pathophysiology at Tokyo Medical University's School of Medicine, on Wednesday beat her sole rival — a male pediatrician — in an election among professors. She is expected to officially assume the top post next Tuesday upon approval by the board of regents.

Her predecessor, Mamoru Suzuki, stepped down in July after his alleged involvement in a bribery case came to light. He was later indicted on suspicion of ensuring backdoor admission for a bureaucrat's son in exchange for a government subsidy.