McClean has chosen a future dean of UNL’s Agricultural Research Division.

LINCOLN, Neb. – Derek McLean has been chosen as the next dean of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Division of Agricultural Research.

McLean, who currently serves as a senior science adviser in the National Institutes of Health’s Office of AIDS Research, will take up the post on January 1. He will succeed Archie Clutter, who will retire at the end of the year.

In his new role, McLean will lead and oversee all agriculture and natural resources research programs and initiatives, as well as the three Research, Extension and Education Centers and affiliated research sites across the Nebraska. The position is housed within the university’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. McLean was one of four finalists who visited the university to interview for the position earlier this summer.

“Everything I learned during my visit to UNL reinforced my desire to join the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources,” McLean said. “I was already aware of its reputation for excellence in research, education and community outreach, and the enthusiasm to build on that success was undeniable throughout the selection process. I look forward to the opportunity to support faculty, staff, and students and engage stakeholders in pursuing their goals by providing innovative solutions to address the interdisciplinary challenges we face as a society. .

The Dean of the Agricultural Research Division works closely with Nebraska growers and agricultural and natural resource groups to ensure that Husker scientists are engaged in research that advances agriculture and the management of natural resources in Nebraska. Lisa Lunz, president of the advocacy group Ag Builders of Nebraska and a farmer from the Wakefield area, said she appreciates the interest in cultivating relationships with IANR stakeholders that McLean has shown during the design process. ‘maintenance.

“I am excited to work with Dr. McLean to build on the strong foundation of research and discovery relevant to Nebraska farmers, ranchers and other stakeholder groups,” Lunz said. “I want to thank Dr. Clutter for his leadership within the IANR and his work across the state.”

Bill Rishel of North Platte, founder of Rishel Angus, also participated in the interviews.

“Having attended candidate interviews for the position, I was impressed with how clearly Dr. McLean articulated why he was interested in this role,” Rishel said. “He said he likes the process of bringing together different projects and groups. The position of Dean of ARD certainly presents an opportunity to take on this challenge.


In his current role, McLean ensures that research funding aligns with priority areas established by the National Institutes of Health. This effort requires expertise in building relationships, forming groups to develop funding plans and policies, and working at more than 20 NIH institutes and centers. Prior to NIH, McLean was Senior Director of Collaborative Research for Phibro Animal Health Corporation. He was also a faculty member in the Department of Animal Science at Washington State University for 10 years.

“We had an incredibly strong pool of candidates for this position, but Dr. McLean’s experience in higher education and the private and government sectors stood out,” said Mike Boehm, NU vice president and vice president. Chancellor of Harlan for IANR. “Dr. McLean is a very effective, thoughtful, and inclusive leader, and I am delighted to welcome him to UNL. I would also like to thank the research committee, chaired by CASNR Dean Tiffany Heng-Moss and Professor Ed Cahoon, for their work in cultivating such an incredible group of candidates.

Clutter announced in January that he would retire at the end of 2022 after serving as dean of the Agricultural Research Division for more than a decade. Under Clutter’s leadership, research grants and expenses have grown steadily, culminating in fiscal year 2021, when the division received a record $64 million in externally sponsored grants. At the same time, the division has seen the construction of state-of-the-art research facilities and the development of interdisciplinary research teams created to more holistically address complex issues related to food, water, climate and climate. ‘environment.

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Lana T. Arthur