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Published May 05, 2014, 12:12 PM

UND research center director placed on administrative leave

GRAND FORKS - The longtime director of the University of North Dakota's Energy and Environmental Research Center was placed on administrative leave Monday morning, according to the university.

By: John Hageman, INFORUM, Forum News Service

GRAND FORKS - The longtime director of the University of North Dakota's Energy and Environmental Research Center was placed on administrative leave Monday morning, according to the university.

UND spokesman Peter Johnson confirmed Gerald Groenewold is on leave until further notice, but declined to say why that action was taken. Tom Erickson, the center's associate director for business, operations and intellectual property, will be in charge of the day-to-day operations of the EERC, Johnson said.

Groenewold was named director of the EERC in 1987. Since then, "the EERC has undergone a total cultural change from a former federal (research and development) facility to a practical, entrepreneurial, market-driven organization with national and international clientele, emphasizing working partnerships with private industry, government agencies, academic institutions, and the research community," according to his biography on the EERC's website.

The website refers to the EERC as the primary research entity at UND, and Groenewold "directs a multidisciplinary science and engineering team of about 300 people who focus on research and development (R&D) leading to the demonstration and commercialization of innovative energy and environmental technologies."

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