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Outgoing UNLV president to take over TX job Feb. 3

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas President Neal Smatresk, testifies for passage of SB501 as Chairman James Dean Leavitt and Attorney Mark Fiorentino look on June 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Lisa J. Tolda) University of Nevada, Las Vegas President Neal Smatresk, testifies for passage of SB501 as Chairman James Dean Leavitt and Attorney Mark Fiorentino look on June 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Lisa J. Tolda)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Outgoing University of Nevada, Las Vegas President Neal Smatresk will take over the same position at University of North Texas effective Feb. 3, the school in Denton, TX, officially announced Thursday.

Smatresk expressed his intentions on taking over the Texas position in November, citing family as the primary reason for his departure from UNLV.

"Both of our children and our grandchild are in Texas," Smatresk wrote in a letter, "and with our son's growing family and our daughter's upcoming marriage, Texas has been pulling on our heartstrings."

Smatresk's contract with UNLV was renewed in June for four years and a base salary of $246,426.84.

Smatresk, who was appointed president of UNLV in August 2009, is leaving after the school weathered a severe storm of budget cuts. In his time at the university, Smatresk developed a record-breaking $537 million fundraising campaign.

University Provost John White will be the officer in charge upon Smatresk's departure.

In an interesting twist, the UNLV Rebels were announced to take on University of North Texas in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Jan. 1.

Stay tuned to FOX5 for the latest on this developing story.

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