John Yerger Retiring from UNL Today
After working nearly 50 years in the printing industry – 10 of those in the in-plant world – John Yerger is retiring today from his post as director of Print & Mail Services for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).
“I have been blessed throughout my career with being born into printing and having the opportunity to take part in new, transformative technologies,” he reflects. “Working in offset, flexography, toner, and now inkjet technologies has been awesome. I have had the opportunities to lead great people and help shops reorganize or restructure to achieve greater presence in their markets or to their organizations.”
Born into a family of printers stretching back generations, he actually started working in his family’s print shop at just nine years of age.
“I would take the type out of the galley after we printed it and smelt it down, pour new pigs and take that back to our two Linotype operators,” he told IPI in a 2020 article about his career.
After many years working at commercial printers and even starting his own trade printing operation, he entered the in-plant world around 2013 as director of Stephen F. Austin State University Printing Services. In January of 2016, Yerger was named director of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s in-plant. Since then, he has worked to advance and improve the in-plant’s printing capabilities.
“Adding the Man Roland 706 PLV, Konica Minolta KM1e HD and updating the Canon production equipment, which will allow UNL Print & Mail Services to address to future needs of the university, [makes this] just a perfect time to retire,” he says. He and his wife plan to spend the winter in Texas and then do some traveling. Mike Chaplin will serve as UNL’s interim director.
In-plant Impressions thanks John for his participation in our articles over the past decade and wishes him all the best in his retirement.
Related story: John Yerger: A Printer Through and Through
Bob has served as editor of In-plant Impressions since October of 1994. Prior to that he served for three years as managing editor of Printing Impressions, a commercial printing publication. Mr. Neubauer is very active in the U.S. in-plant industry. He attends all the major in-plant conferences and has visited more than 170 in-plant operations around the world. He has given presentations to numerous in-plant groups in the U.S., Canada and Australia, including the Association of College and University Printers and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association. He also coordinates the annual In-Print contest, co-sponsored by IPMA and In-plant Impressions.