MOSCOW, Idaho -

The Idaho State Board of Education has announced the formation of a 16-member search committee to select a new president for the University of Idaho.

The board announced the selection Wednesday and that University of Idaho Regent Emma Atchley will lead the panel.

The board is tasked with finding a successor to Duane Nellis, who is leaving to become president of Texas Tech University.

Nellis took over UI's top administrative post in 2009 after an 11-month search. Since 2003, UI has had four different leaders, including two presidents and two interim presidents.