Lee Johnston, professor of animal science, will take on the added role of Director of Operations at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris.
In addition, former WCROC head Greg Cuomo will be the university's top administrator for the Extension Service and all eight research and outreach centers.
In his new position, Johnston will provide administrative oversight of the center, as well as coordinating research and outreach programs. He will work closely with Cuomo, who is now associate dean for research and Extension in the University of Minnesota's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.
All of the U of M's eight research and outreach centers now are administered by Cuomo as a single unit, in a move designed to streamline and make agricultural research more efficient and relevant.
The WCROC has 1,100 acres of research land near the UMM campus. Its research specialties include dairy breeding and production, agricultural water quality and swine production systems. Six full-time faculty members and about 30 staff work at the center.