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Source: M. Duane Nellis, 785-532-6224,
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News release prepared by: Cheryl May, 785-532-6415,

Thursday, March 12, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University Provost and Senior Vice President M. Duane Nellis has decided against moving to the University of Idaho.

"I really enjoyed meeting faculty, students and alumni at the University of Idaho. It is a quality land grant institution with significant promise.

"After seriously considering the opportunity at the University of Idaho, I have decided to decline the offer of employment as president there," Nellis said.

Nellis has been K-State's chief academic officer since 2004.

Nellis spent 17 years at K-State, progressing from assistant professor of geography to professor and head of the department, and then to senior associate dean of K-State's College of Arts and Sciences.

In 1997 he accepted a post as dean of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University.

Nellis has received numerous university and national awards during his career, and is currently chair-elect of the provost/chief academic officers group within the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges.