Waite is currently vice-principal of higher education at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire and an associate dean of the University of West of England, will join Writtle as principal from 2 April 2013.
Dr Waite was at University of Brighton, Birkbeck College University of London, the University of Westminster and the University of Sussex. He brings research and commercial expertise to his post including experience gained as a botanical and environmental consultant.
His research interests lie in the areas of landscape and plant ecology, biotreatment and phytoremediation, He has supervised 16 PhD students through to successful completion, and continues to be actively involved in collaborative research with colleagues at the University of West of England and University of Brighton.
In addition to his UK academic credentials, Dr Waite has been involved in a number of global joint education ventures including in India, Malaysia, China and Vietnam.
He has taught for the National State Mongolia University and carried out project work in the Ukraine. He aims to use this experience to help Writtle strengthen its international profile. The College currently attracts students to its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes from more than 60 countries worldwide.
He said: "Education has value but education linked to vocational training has added value. The blend of higher and further education choices at Writtle enables students to realise their potential in a unique learning environment. My priority will be to develop strategies to enable the College to grow and flourish in a very harsh economic landscape.