The new director of Mexico's National Security and Investigations Center, or Cisen, has been appointed by President Felipe Calderon, officials said.

Jaime Domingo Lopez Buitron was named as the spy agency's new director general on Wednesday, Government Secretary Alejandro Poire said.

Lopez Buitron is an "exemplary Mexican" who has all the qualifications to run the intelligence agency, Poire said.

The Cisen, which was created on Feb. 13, 1989, is responsible for gathering intelligence so officials can make decisions about threats to national security.

Lopez Buitron, who holds a bachelor's in engineering from the Instituto Politecnico Nacional, a master's from Universidad del Valle de Mexico and a doctorate from Universidad Iberoamericana, took courses at Argentina's Instituto Nacional de Administracion Publica and at Harvard University.

The new Cisen chief, who taught economics at the CIDE and Colegio de Mexico, has held a number of government posts.

Lopez Buitron said at his swearing-in ceremony that he would do his job "free of ideological bias, temptations, calculation or interests of any kind."

The goal is to make Cisen a "discreet, efficient, opportunistic and excellent (agency) staffed by loyal, professional and patriotic Mexican women and men," Lopez Buitron said.