Posted 12 months ago
By John Axtell
Dr Linda Boeckner, head of the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center for the past 5 years, is leaving for new position on the main campus in Lincoln, and her husband Dave is resigning from the Scottsbluff City Council to move with her. He’s been on the council for 17 years and was mayor 5 of those years.
Linda Boeckner came to PREC as an extension nutrition specialist in 1987 and was named center and extension district director when Dr Chuck Hibberd left for a job at Purdue.. Hibberd, now UNL dean and director of extension, is bringing her to Lincoln and the College of Education and Human Sciences.
Boeckner will become program leader in the Human Service Extension department, lead the Extension Nutrition program, and teach undergraduate courses in nutrition and health sciences. She starts in Lincoln on June 1st.
As district director, Boeckner helped lead efforts for a new office building at the High Plains Ag Lab near Sidney, a new cattle working facility at the PREC feedlot northwest of Scottsbluff, and a major ventilation upgrade now underway at the PREC. The center also celebrated its centennial under her watch.
Her husband will join her a little later as he tries to sell his business…Trimline Springcrest Drapery Center…and the family home. He hopes to make the move this summer, but admits it may not be until fall.
The couple says the move to Lincoln will get the entire family closer to their two adult daughters, their parents, and their siblings.
As for Linda Boeckner’s successor at the PREC, Dr Hibberd says a search for the next center and district director will begin immediately with a target of filling the post by late winter or early spring.
Hibberd has named Extension Nutrient Management and Soil Quality Specialist Dr. Gary Hergert as Interim District and PERC Director with Scotts Bluff County Extension Educator and Irrigation Specialist Jim Schild as Interim Associate Director.
Hibberd says Hergert and Schild have worked together for several years and will make a good complementary management team.