CEP Program Leader Honored For Dedication to Building Minority Businesses
October 29 – Prairie View A&M University’s Cooperative Extension Program (CEP) brings home a national award. CEP Program Leader, Jimmy Henry, is the 2018 recipient of the 1890 Excellence in Extension Award. He received the honor at the annual Association of Extension Administrators meeting of the Joint Southern Region Program Leadership Network meeting. As Program Leader of Community & Economic Development, Henry organized his team to encourage Texas-based minority businesses to participate in the Businesses in Development (BID) Certification Program. The program focuses on building business relationships and sustaining those relationships through professional business practices.
Henry began working with CEP in 2003, and has conducted grass-roots programming in fair lending practices, and generational wealth and professional networks. In his role, he addresses disparities of underserved populations in Texas which helps spark growth in entrepreneurship, small business development, and profit capacity building programs to access capital.
Each year, the 1890 Excellence in Extension Award is granted to an extension professional who exhibits excellence throughout their career. Those selected are appraised by the programming delivered to the communities they serve in Agriculture & Natural Resources, 4-H Youth Development, Family & Consumer Sciences and Community & Economic Development.
Henry is pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at his alma mater, PVAMU. He also holds a Master of Community and Economic Development (2003) and a professional degree in Architectural Planning (2002), both from PVAMU.