COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) _ F. Dominic Dottavio has been named 15th president of Tarleton State University. He'll begin his duties on Aug. 1.

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents made the announcement on Wednesday.

Dottavio was selected as the sole finalist for the position at the March Board of Regents meeting.

He has been president at Heidelberg, a 158-year-old private college in Northwest Ohio, since 2003. He was previously chief scientist for the Southeast Region of the National Park Service.

Tarlton is based in Stephenville.

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