University of Idaho President named finalist for Texas Tech President’s job
University of Idaho President M. Duane Nellis has been selected as the sole finalist for the presidency at Texas Tech University. The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents will have a final vote on this in late March following a 21-day waiting period required by Texas law.
“When Ruthie and I made the move to the Northwest and the University of Idaho almost four years ago, we believed I would be completing my career as president of this special place,” said Nellis. “We care deeply for the University of Idaho and are so proud of Idaho’s ‘flagship’ national research university and all the people who make it successful.”
“At the same time, I did not expect to be presented with the unique and exciting opportunity that the presidency at Texas Tech University represents,” said Nellis.
The State Board of Education Friday released a comment regarding the announcement that Nellis is the sole finalist for the position.
“The Board congratulates Duane Nellis on his selection as the finalist for the Presidency of Texas Tech University, and we wish him the very best,” said Don Soltman, Vice President of the State Board of Education. “President Nellis has been a visionary leader at the University of Idaho and a strong advocate of higher education in our state. Under his leadership, the university has continued to build on its reputation as a nationally-recognized research institution and its commitment to student success and academic excellence.”
Pending the finalization of President Nellis’ contract with Texas Tech, it is anticipated the State Board will commence a national search for a replacement. According to Soltman, “The University of Idaho, as one of the leading higher education institutions in the country, will attract a high caliber of candidates for the presidency. The Board is confident we will find a leader who will carry on the university’s legacy of learning.”
(photo: courtesy uidaho.edu)