The University of Idaho named former Kansas State University Provost Duane Nellis to the helm of the school Wednesday, putting former CSU President Larry Penley out of contention for the $335,000-a-year position.
The university’s media relations office declined to comment on the hiring and deferred comment an Idaho State Board of Education official who did not return a phone call from the Collegian Wednesday evening.
Nellis will be paid $298,000 of the salary from state appropriations, and the rest will come from the University of Idaho Foundation, according to Joni Kirk, a University of Idaho spokesperson.
Penley resigned from the top position at CSU amid a shroud of criticism on Nov. 5 to the shock of students, faculty and city officials.
Penley’s severance package from CSU was about $360,000.
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