Greene Recognized as JCEP Professional of the Year

Elizabeth (Betsy) Greene, PhD, is a professor and Extension equine specialist at the University of Vermont.

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Elizabeth (Betsy) Greene, PhD, professor and Extension equine specialist in the University of Vermont Department of Animal and Veterinary Science, was honored with the Joint Council of Extension Professionals Professional of the Year award at the recent National Association of County Agricultural Agents Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference.

Approximately 1,100 Extension professionals and family members from across the nation participated in the association’s 100th conference, which took place July 12-16 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP) was created in 1989 and is a partnership of professional Extension organizations that focuses on strengthening the efforts of the member organizations and does what each cannot do individually. The Professional of the Year award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated successful interdisciplinary teamwork and partnerships across program areas with colleagues and stakeholders for program excellence throughout a significant part of their extension career. Each JCEP member association can recognize one member annually.

During the award presentation Greene was recognized as an innovative educator, willing collaborator, and critical thinker. She was also recognized for her ability to forge partnerships among groups such as University of Vermont Extension, Vermont Farm Bureau, Vermont Agriculture Agency, and the eXtension HorseQuest Community of Practice. As an Extension professional for more than 20 years, Greene has effectively garnered financial resources to find solutions to problems, amassing more than $2 million in grant and gift support for field-based research and Extension programming

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