Liam O'Neill, a school principal from Laois, is to succeed Christy Cooney as president of the Gaelic Athletic Association in 2012.
O'Neill, from the Trumera club, was elected unopposed after the other candidates, including Ulster president Tom Daly, dropped out.
Other business at the GAA's annual congress included a decision to bring back the inter-provincial competition.
The football and hurling events will be reintroduced on a one-year trial basis.
Formerly known as the Railway Cup, the competition has not been staged since 2009 because of dwindling interest.
League semi-finals in hurling and football will also resume next year.
In Saturday's business, delegates voted to retain the inter-county training ban in November and December.
There will be a trial of match bans during the 2012 leagues, instead of issuing suspensions in weeks.