Ohio University announced Tuesday that its board of trustees formally elected Dr. M. Duane Nellis as the 21st president of the university.
According to a press release from Ohio University, Nellis currently is a University Honors and Geoscience Professor at Texas Tech University. He previous served as president of Texas Tech from 2013-2016 and president of the University of Idaho from 2009-2013.
He will serve a six-year term beginning July 1, with an annual base salary of $475,000.
In addition to his professorship, Nellis is a trustee for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and serves on the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) Executive Committee for the Council on Innovation and Competitiveness.
“I am looking forward to the opportunity to build upon Ohio's current successes and to push the university into greater national prominence and increasing its status as a nationally-renowned research institution," Nellis said in the release.