University of Nebraska swine geneticist Rodger Johnson is the first recipient of the Omtvedt professorship in animal science.

The professorship recognizes those who have demonstrated outstanding ability and accomplishments in teaching, research or service to academics and the livestock industry.

The endowed professorship has an annual salary stipend of $10,000 and the appointment is for five years.

Irv Omtvedt retired in 2000 after serving as University of Nebraska vice president and vice chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources for 12 years.