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The Henry L. Bolley Academic Achievement Award honors individuals who have attained noted achievements in the area of education as teachers, researchers or administrators.

Rodger Johnson
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BS '65, Animal Sciences

Rodger K. Johnson, BS '65, animal sciences, is a world-renowned expert in swine genetics who has greatly impacted the swine industry through his efforts to improve production and the quality of pork. Holding the title of Professor Emeritus of Animal Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Johnson published more than 125 peer-reviewed research papers during his outstanding career.

A native of Carpio, North Dakota, Johnson was a faculty member at Oklahoma State University from 1973-78. He then joined the faculty of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he rose through the ranks to be named the Irv and Wanda Omtvedt Professor of Animal Science in 2003.

In a letter of nomination, Greg Lardy, head of NDSU Department of Animal Sciences, and David Buchanan, associate dean of the NDSU College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources, wrote, "Dr. Johnson's work is recognized by the international community as exceedingly important to advancing swine genetics. He has been, for many, the leading swine geneticist in the United States and is among a very short list of top swine geneticists in the world."

Johnson has received numerous honors, including the Rockefeller Prentice Award in Animal Breeding and Genetics in 1988 and the American Society of Animal Science Morrison Award in 2013. The Morrison Award is the society's highest honor and recognizes lifetime contributions to the animal science field. He also received the Darrell Nelson Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Master of the Swine Industry from National Hog Farmer and Outstanding Graduate Alumnus from Oklahoma State University.

He earned his master's degree in animal science and doctorate in animal breeding from Oklahoma State University.

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