Caroline E. Henney is the Executive Director for the Cooperative Extension System/Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP). She is responsible for coordinating the collaborative work of Cooperative Extension Directors and Administrators at Land-Grant Universities across the nation. Primary responsibilities focus on federal budget advocacy support, Farm Bill engagement, increasing the understanding and visibility of Cooperative Extension, and building relationships with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other federal agencies.
Prior to her role as Executive Director, Dr. Henney served as the USDA/National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) National Science Liaison for Human Sciences and 4-H Youth Development. She also served as Director of NIFA’s Division of Family & Consumer Sciences and Acting Director of the Division of Youth & 4-H, overseeing strategic leadership of both Divisions in their respective research, education, and Extension portfolios in partnership with the Land-Grant Universities. She has a strong background in agricultural extension and is dedicated to creating and facilitating a national and unified theme for Extension programs that advance the health of people, communities and agriculture.
Prior to these roles, Dr. Henney served as the Director of the Nutrition and Family Sciences Section USDA/Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES). She also served as the National Program Leader for Family and Human Development and Consumer Sciences at CSREES. She has worked with and in Extension at the local, state and federal level for 25+ years.
She served as a USDA Cultural Transformation Champion and People Champion, received the A.J. Dye Diversity Award and Phi Upsilon Omicron National Honorary Member Award, is certified in Family and Consumer Sciences (CFCS), and holds a Certificate in Aging Studies from the Medical College of Virginia. She was selected to deliver the annual S.A. Haley Memorial Lecture and received the National Friend of NEAFCS Award.
Dr. Henney is a native of New York. She holds a Ph.D. in Education (Adult Education and Human Resource Development), an M.S. in Education (Counseling and Human Development), and a B.S. in Psychology. She is a past Foreign Agricultural Service and State Department Embassy Science Fellow, and a past Corporation for National and Community Service-National Service Fellow. Dr. Crocoll is a graduate of Lead21 and a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute focusing on Leadership in a Democratic Society.