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Dr. Caroline Henney

Dr. Caroline Crocoll Henney to Deliver 2023 Seaman Knapp Memorial Lecture

Nifa Authors
Margaret Lawrence, Writer-Editor

National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Director Dr. Manjit Misra has announced that Dr. Caroline Henney will deliver the 2023 Seaman Knapp Memorial Lecture on November 12 in Seattle, WA, at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) annual meeting.

The lecture is one of three rotating lectures presented by NIFA and APLU that honor three historic Land-grant University figures: Justin Smith Morrill, William Henry Hatch and Seaman A. Knapp. 

This year's lecture commemorates the vision of Seaman Knapp, the father of the Cooperative Extension concept. Knapp initiated the county-agent plan and organized clubs for both boys and girls to promote the concept. These organizations were the forerunners of the modern 4-H Clubs. In today’s changing world, Cooperative Extension continues to evolve to meet the local, national and global needs of the people it serves.

Dr. Henney dedicated her career to creating and facilitating a unified theme for exceptional Cooperative Extension programs that advance the health of people, communities and agriculture.  

She capped her three-decade Extension career as the executive director for the Cooperative Extension System, Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP). In this position, Henney was responsible for coordinating the collaborative work of Cooperative Extension directors and administrators at Land-grant Universities across the nation. She provided strategic leadership focused on federal budget advocacy support, Farm Bill engagement, increasing the understanding and visibility of Cooperative Extension, and building relationships within the United States Department of Agriculture and other federal agencies. 

Prior to her tenure as executive director at ECOP, Henney served as the NIFA’s national science liaison for Human Sciences and 4-H Youth Development. She also served as director of NIFA’s Division of Family and Consumer Sciences and acting director of the Division of Youth and 4-H, overseeing strategic leadership of both divisions in their respective research, education and Extension portfolios in partnership with Land-grant Universities.

This is the 44th lecture in the series that began in 1980.

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