UNL Agricultural Research Division dean announces retirement

Archie Clutter
After more than a decade leading the University of Nebraska Lincoln's Agricultural Research Division, Archie Clutter will retire at the end of 2022.
January 19, 2022

Lincoln, Neb. —After more than a decade leading the University of Nebraska Lincoln's Agricultural Research Division, Archie Clutter will retire at the end of 2022. 

Clutter has served as dean of the Agricultural Research Division (ARD) and director of the Nebraska Agricultural Experiment Station in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) at the University of Nebraska since 2011. Under Clutter’s leadership, both research awards and expenditures have grown steadily, culminating in fiscal year 2021, when ARD received $64 million in externally sponsored awards – a record for the division. All in all, the ARD awards have grown by an average 4.8% each year since 2012.

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 the environment.

“Dr. Clutter has provided incredible leadership for the Agricultural Research Division, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the university as a whole,” said Mike Boehm, NU vice president and Harlan Vice Chancellor for IANR. “He’s also a respected scientist whose deep curiosity and infectious excitement is evident with every ARD project and discovery. It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with him.”

Clutter earned a bachelor's in agricultural business from Iowa State University and masters and doctorate in animal science from the University of Nebraska. His research has focused on the elucidation of genomic variation underlying quantitative traits in livestock species and application of molecular breeding to improve food animal efficiency and disease tolerance.

Prior to his present position in IANR, Clutter was vice president for research and development at Newsham Choice Genetics in St. Louis. He also held research and development leadership positions at Monsanto from 2000-2007 and was professor of animal science at Oklahoma State University from 1987-2000. In his current role, Clutter supports a state-wide research and development infrastructure and more than 400 faculty and their transdisciplinary teams providing the science for resilient food systems and the connection of food to human health.

“This leadership role in the Agricultural Research Division continues to be the most rewarding of my career, only possible through the collaborative relationships I’ve been able to achieve with our amazing faculty and their teams of staff and students, and the leadership teams with which I’ve been associated,” Clutter said. “There truly is no place like IANR and the University of Nebraska and the contributions of our people to food security and a healthy global future.”

Clutter’s successor will be selected via a nationwide search. More details will be released when the search is launched. For more information on the Agricultural Research Division, visit ard.unl.edu.