PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Duquesne University has named a University of Pittsburgh law professor to be the school's first lay president in its 110-year history.

John E. Murray, 55, will be the first president not to be a Holy Ghost priest, a member of the order that founded the Catholic college.

The appointment announced Thursday ended a nine-month search for a successor to the Rev. Donald S. Nesti, president since 1980, who resigned in August.

Acting president Rolando E. Bonachea will leave Duquesne this summer to assume the presidency of Salem State College in Massachusetts.

Murray earned his undergraduate degree at LaSalle University in 1955. He received law degrees from Catholic University of America in 1958 and the University of Wisconsin in 1959.

He has taught law at the University of Pittsburgh since 1986.