Finalist Passes On Top Job At University Of Idaho

MOSCOW, Idaho — One of two finalists in the search for a new president at the University of Idaho president says he is turning down the job.

Duane Nellis, provost at Kansas State University says he declined the offer Thursday.

Nellis was one of two finalists to make official visits to University of Idaho campuses around the state earlier this year.

The other finalist is David Dooley, 56, the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Montana State University.

Nellis said in a statement issued by Kansas State that he enjoyed meeting University of Idaho faculty, students and alumni and that he seriously considered making a move to Moscow. Instead, Nellis says he will stay at Kansas State, where he has spent the last 17 years of his career.