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Irvin Thomas Omtvedt, British Academic administrator, educator. Recipient Appreciation award Nebraska SPF, 1981, Booster award National PorkProducers, 1983, Agricultural Achievement award Ak-Sar-Ben, 1989.


Omtvedt, Irvin Thomas was born on June 12, 1935 in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Thomas and Irene M. (Nelson) Omtvedt.


Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1957; Master of Science in Animal Science, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, 1959; Doctor of Philosophy in Genetics and Animal Breeding, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, 1961.


Fieldman livestock program, Meat and Animal Science Department University Wisconsin, 1956-1957. Graduate research assistant, Animal Science Department Oklahoma State University, 1958-1961. Extension livestock specialist University Minnesota, 1962-1964.

Associate professor animal science Oklahoma State University, 1964-1970, professor animal science, 1970-1973. Assistant dean agriculture, associate director Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station Auburn University, 1973-1975. Graduate faculty fellow University Nebraska, Lincoln, 1975—2000, professor animal science, 1975-2000, head animal science department, 1975-1982, dean agricultural research, director Nebraska Agricultural Experiment Station, 1982-1988, interim vice chancellor for agriculture and natural resources, 1987-1988, vice chancellor Institute Agriculture and Natural Resources, 1988-2000, vice president agriculture and natural resources, 1992-2000, interim senior vice chancellor for academy affairs, 1996-1997, vice chancellor for extended education, 1997-1999.

Professor emeritus animal science, since 2000. Board directors Agriculture Builders of Nebraska, 1987—2009, Nebraska Rural Development Commission, 2000—2003, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Emeriti Association, 2001—2007, Nebraska Community Foundation, 2003—2005. Member task force NASULGC Food & Society Project, 2000—2005.

Secretary Agriculture Builders of Nebraska, 2000—2009. Member Argiculture Builders Nebraska Inc., since 1982.


  • Other Work

    • Author: 1 textbook. Contributor numerous articles to professional journals.


Board directors St. Mark's United Methodist Church Foundation, 1989-1995, since 2006, Friendship Home, since 2008, Staff Parish Committee, 2000-2005, administrative board, 2000-2005. Board directors Nebraska Human Resources Institute, 1990-1991, ADEC Distance Ed Consortium, 1989-1995. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society Animal Science (editorial board Journal Animal Science 1970-1973, intersociety council representative 1984-1986, member board directors 1980-1986, secretary-treasurer 1980-1983, president 1984-1985).

Member National Association State University and Land Grant Colleges (board directors board on agriculture 1992-1997), American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (governor board 1985-1988, president 1986-1987, Service award 2010), Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (board directors 1986-1989, chair national concerns committee 1986-1989), Kiwanis (member Lincoln-Capital-City, 1980-1983, 2002-2006, president 1981-1982, 2004-2005, lieutenant governor, 2006-2007, district education committee chair, since 2007, district foundation star member 2005, club foundation board directors since 2010, Bartlet fellow 2009), Kiwanis International Foundation (life. Hixon fellow) Innocents Society University Nebraska-Lincoln (honorary), Lincoln Agribusiness Club, Agricultural Builders Nebraska, Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement, Sigma Xi, Alpha Zeta, Gamma Sigma Delta (Merit award 1993), Phi Beta Delta.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: travel, gardening.


Married Wanda Ruth Rank, August 15, 1959. Children: Mark, Penny.

Thomas Omtvedt

Irene M. (Nelson) Omtvedt

Wanda Ruth Rank

Mark Omtvedt

Penny Omtvedt