【學苑專訊】教務長韋永庚今（ 1 月 31 日）發電郵［1］通知師生及舊生，指張翔早前已被校委會任命為港大新校長，惟馬斐森於一月離任，張則不會即時接替職位，故由 2 月 1 日起，首席副校長譚廣亨將署任校長一職，直到張翔上任。
電郵中未有提及張的正式上任日期。有消息指［2］「真空期」不超過半年，料張會於本年 7 月正式上任。
To all staff, students, and alumni of the University,
As you know, Professor Xiang Zhang has been appointed by the University Council to succeed Professor Peter Mathieson as the next President & Vice-Chancellor of the University.
Under the provisions in Section 12(13) of the University Ordinance, Professor Paul Tam, the Provost & Deputy Vice-Chancellor, will be the Acting President & Vice-Chancellor from February 1, 2018 until the assumption of duty of Professor Zhan later this year. As the Acting President & Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tam is given all the authority and responsibility of the President & Vice-Chancellor to make sure that all University business will be conducted as usual.
The Council of the University, at its meeting yesterday, recorded its thanks to Professor Mathieson for his valuable contributions to the University in the past years. The Council also thanked Professor Tam for agreeing to be the Acting President & Vice-Chancellor and invited all staff, students, and alumni to lend every support to Professor Tam during this transitional period.
［2］蘋果日報：港大新校長 張翔以「該事件」形容六四 多番被問校園能否談港獨 終答可學術討論