Albert Sims to lead Lamberton Research and Outreach Center

Albert SimsAlbert Sims is the new Director of Operations at the Southwest Research & Outreach Center (SWROC) near Lamberton, Minn.

Sims brings four years of experience as Director of Operations at the Northwest Research & Outreach Center (NWROC) in Crookston, Minn., to the SWROC. He will direct operations at both the SWROC and NWROC, splitting time between the two locations.

“There will be challenges splitting my time between the two places, but finding solutions to challenges is what we do. Though I will still participate in some research, I have essentially traded two jobs at one location for one job at two locations,” explained Sims. “I am honored to be a part of the SWROC team and look forward to getting to know and work with the faculty and staff at the SWROC and those we serve in southwest Minnesota.”

Prior to being named Director of Operations at the SWROC, Sims spent half his time in an administrative role and the other half on research. His research at the NWROC focused on nitrogen and phosphorus management associated with sugar beet and spring wheat production.

Sims holds a doctorate in soil science from North Carolina State University in Raleigh and both his master’s and bachelor’s degrees are in agronomy from University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He joined the NWROC in 1995, earned tenure and was promoted to associate professor in 2001, and was named the NWROC’s Director of Operations in October 2010.

Sims replaces Pauline Nickel, who retired from her position as head of the SWROC after 19 years of leadership. “Pauline has been a great administrator of the SWROC,” Sims said. “Though it will be difficult to fill her shoes, I know I am becoming the director of a ship that is already headed in the right direction.”