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University of Minnesota's West Central Research and Outreach Center energy director takes over operations

The University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center at Morris has a new leader. Mike Reese, who has served as the renewable energy program director since 2001, assumed the leadership role as the new director of operations effective Aug. 8. Professor Lee Johnston has returned fully to his research.

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MORRIS — The University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris has a new leader.

According to a news release from the center, Mike Reese, who has served as the renewable energy program director since 2001, assumed the leadership role as the new director of operations effective Aug. 8.

Portrait of Michael Reese, director of operations for University of Minnesota's West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris
Michael Reese
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Reese served as the outreach center’s renewable energy director for more than 20 years. He has participated as principal investigator or project manager on more than $30 million of research and demonstration projects.

In addition to his new role, Reese will continue to lead the renewable hydrogen and ammonia research.

After serving as the director of operations for the last 12 and a half years, Professor Lee Johnston returned fully to his research work in the University’s Department of Animal Science. He has been a faculty member since 1988 and will continue to base his research out of the West Central Research and Outreach Center.

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Portrait of Lee Johnston, University of Minnesota faculty member and researcher based at West Central Research and Outreach Center
Lee Johnston
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Johnston’s work has included educational programs for pork producers and other industry professionals, conducting swine nutrition and management research, and supervising the WCROC’s swine research unit while serving as director. His primary research interests are sow nutrition and management, feed ingredient evaluation, renewable energy use in pork production, and management of pork production systems.

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