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.

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