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Eastern Wash. native named U of I president

BOISE, Idaho. - Duane Nellis, a native of the Northwest and Kansas State University provost, has been named president of the University of Idaho.

The state Board of Education made the announcement Wednesday during a meeting in Moscow.

Nellis, 54, was hired despite turning down the job last month over differences in salary. But the board approved a salary for Nellis of $335,000, making him the highest paid president at Idaho's four public universities.

Nellis, who was born in Eastern Washington, told The Associated Press in March that he declined an offer to become the next president after the board rejected his salary request.

University boosters who rallied around Nellis urged board members to reconsider their offer. Nellis supporters say he is a good fit because of his land grant school experience and regional connections.

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