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Forum News Service, Published January 15 2014

UND vice president stepping down from research position

GRAND FORKS - The University of North Dakota’s vice president for research and economic development plans to retire in June.

The announcement by Phyllis Johnson was posted Wednesday on UND’s website. A news release said Johnson, who joined UND in 2009, plans to retire at the end of June.

A North Dakota native, Johnson has bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from UND.

According to the release, Johnson served more than 25 years in various administrative and management positions in research and development, and previously held the position of director for the U.S. Agriculture Department’s Beltsville Area Agricultural Research Service in Washington, D.C. President Bill Clinton also recognized her as being in the top 5 percent of senior executives across the federal government.

The release said Johnson plans to continue living in Grand Forks, where she’ll remain active in the community.

Tom DiLorenzo, UND provost and vice president for academic affairs, will oversee a national search for a new research officer. The release said UND plans to form a search committee to aid in finding Johnson’s successor.