PREC Director Retiring Posted by John Axtell Date: April 06, 2020 4 Views SCOTTSBLUFF – Jack Whittier, director of the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff, is retiring at the end of June after 6 years in the post and a career in ag education that spans 4 states and nearly 4 decades. A national search for a new center director will begin this fall, but taking over when Whittier leaves will be associate professor of entomology Jeff Bradshaw, named last month as interim associate director of the Center. Whittier grew up on a diversified livestock and crop farm in Northeast Utah and received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Utah State University, then earned a PhD from UNL in ruminant nutrition. After that, he was a faculty member at the University of Missouri and Colorado State University, also serving in Colorado as the state beef cattle extension specialist. He returned to UNL with his appointment as the PREC director in 2014. Whittier was honored last year with the American Society of Animal Science Fellow Award for Extension, which recognizes distinguished service to the animal industry. He calls it an honor to have led PREC for 6 years and says he is proud of its amazing faculty – both those on board when he arrived and those he’s hired. Whittier says he and his wife Robynn, a faculty member at Western Nebraska Community College, will remain in the Scottsbluff-Gering area until she retires in a few years.