Texas Tech Officially Names University of Idaho's Nellis as President

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It's official: M. Duane Nellis has the University of Idaho in his rear-view mirror. Texas Tech University announced March 22 that it has slected Nellis as its next president.

The announcement came after the Texas Tech Board of Regents formally approved Nellis.

"I wanted to make this my last stop," Nellis told Boise Weekly in July 2011. "But of course, that means support from the people I work for, and I have to feel good about what I'm doing."

When asked about continuing budget challenges, Nellis told BW, "Well, that's been challenging. It wakes me up at night sometimes, but we're not alone in that."

When Nellis was a prime candidate to take the U of I job in 2009, the school's foundation needed to dig into its funds to sweeten Nellis' salary deal, which totaled $335,000 a year.

When BW asked Nellis In July 2011 where he was, on a scale of one to 10, on sticking with his job at the U of I, he said, "About eight or nine."

"I feel really good about the quality of our faculty, staff and students. Our alumni base has been super," said Nellis.

The Idaho State Board of Education has already begun the process to find the sixth president in nearly 13 years for the U of I.

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