MOSCOW -- The Idaho State Board of Education has named Donald Burnett as interim president of the University of Idaho.
Burnett is the dean of the College of Law at the Moscow-based university.
The board voted unanimously on Wednesday to place Burnett in charge while it searches for a permanent replacement for Duane Nellis, who is leaving to become president of Texas Tech University.
Burnett will be paid $240,000 a year and his new position becomes effective on June 1.
Nellis took over UI's top administrative post in 2009 after an 11-month search. Since 2003, UI has had four different leaders, including two presidents and two interim presidents.