Albert Sims, Ph.D., is stepping down as Director of Operations at the University of Minnesota Northwest Research and Outreach Center (NWROC). He is stepping down from his administrative role but will stay involved in ongoing nutrient and fertilizer management research.

Sims began his research career at the NWROC in 1995. He earned tenure and was promoted to associate professor in 2001 in the Department of Soil, Water and Climate in the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). He was appointed NWROC’s Director of Operations in 2010.

Greg Cuomo, associate dean of CFANS, says Sims has provided solid direction and leadership for the NWROC. “Dr. Sims has provided such dedicated service over the years,” Cuomo said. “His role as a member of our research faculty will give him the opportunity to continue that unprecedented leadership to both agriculture production and to northwest Minnesota.”

Maureen Aubol will take over for Sims as Director of Operations effective December 7. Aubol has worked in human resources, grants management, and administration at the NWROC for 11 years. 

“Maureen’s extensive experience in the administrative work of the NWROC makes her an excellent fit to take over as director of operations,” Cuomo said.

Story Contact: Shawn Smith