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Burnett named interim president of U of I

Donald Burnett

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 March 27 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. Burnett is not a candidate for the permanent position, as U of I policy prohibits the interim president from taking the permanent job. The university has not decided who will lead the College of Law while Burnett serves as interim president.

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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