eXtension Awards Honor ‘Champions’, Outstanding Leadership, Working Differently


The eXtension Governing Committee honored three individuals with “Champion” awards in Sacramento on March 26. The eXtension Champion Award is presented by the organization’s Governing Committee to individuals instrumental in the creation and development of the eXtension initiative within Cooperative Extension. Click on each link below to see the full story on each award winner.

The 2014 recipients were Betsy Graham, program analyst, Office of Family Policy/Children & Youth, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community & Family Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense; William Nelson, vice president of Corporate Citizenship for CHS Inc. and president of the CHS Foundation; and Lela Vandenberg, leadership and professional development specialist at Michigan State University Extension.

Bob Bertsch, North Dakota State University, and the Feral Hogs Community of Practice received Working Differently in Extension Awards. The Working Differently in Extension Award recognizes an individual or group for engagement with clientele, co-workers, and others in new and different ways. It lauds the demonstrable impacts made, both quantitatively and qualitatively as they do their work. And, the award provides an opportunity to show how this individual or team works online and within a learning network.

Institutional/Innovation Teams from the University of Delaware and the University of Georgia were awarded Be, Grow, Create Outstanding Institutional/Innovation Team Awards. An Outstanding Institutional/Innovation Team has demonstrated the planning, creativity, and commitment to making eXtension a ‘fit’ for its state and institution. An Outstanding team also helps eXtension know just what its state and institution brings to eXtension.

Finally, two individuals were honored for their work in eXtension Communities of Practice. John Dorner, Network Literacy Community of Practice member, IT Director for the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education program and formerly with North Carolina State University and Karen Waite, Michigan State University Extension Equine 4-H/Youth Specialist and member of the HorseQuest Community of Practice received the Community of Practice Individual Achievement Award.