Members of the mid-level appellate panel elected John Bender unanimously during a session in Harrisburg on Tuesday.
Bender is assuming the post held most recently by Correale Stevens, who was appointed to a vacancy on the state Supreme Court on July 30th.
The position entails supervision of the court's budget, spending, personnel, scheduling and case management. Bender is a graduate of Penn State and Duquesne School of Law. He's been a magisterial district judge, a private-practice lawyer and an Allegheny County prosecutor.
He'll serve as president judge until an election in January 2014.