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R.E.Jones Program Award

Jones, R. E. Program Award

Program Award – Award is a plaque.

Eligibility of Nomination of Award: Any member of N.C. Cooperative Extension.

 Application for Nomination: Jones Nomination Form

 Criteria: Teams of employees or individuals employed by Cooperative Extension with at least three years of tenure with North Carolina Cooperative Extension (NCA&TSU or NCSU) are eligible for this award. Nominees or teams must exhibit significant programming, leadership and marketing efforts with non-traditional extension audiences. Non-traditional audiences are described as individuals, families and communities that lack the financial resources or educational attainment to enjoy mainstream American’s quality of life or citizens that for reasons beyond their control prevent them from achieving their full potential.

How to Apply:

Nominators are encouraged to involve the nominee’s most immediate supervisor in the process. Additional materials to support the nomination may accompany the official nomination form including news clips, publications, newsletters, meeting agendas and evaluation summaries or participant feedback.

Nominations for this award will be evaluated based on three criteria:

  1. Excellence in planning, implementing and evaluating programs for non-traditional audiences.
  2. Leadership qualities exhibited in programming with non-traditional audiences and collaborating agencies
  3. Work ethics of the nominee(s) or team

The late Mr. Robert Earle Jones joined the North Carolina Extension Service in 1933 as the first minority farm agent in Craven County. For twenty-two years, (1965- 1977), Mr. Jones was administratively responsible for all Extension work emanating from North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University. He was recognized in NC, the southern region and nationally for his strong leadership, stance on professionalism and work ethics. He was the first African-American to serve on the Extension Committee on Organizational and Policy (ECOP), a governing body for the Cooperative Extension System.

During his forty-four year tenure, Mr. Jones contributed to the importance of agriculture and rural life recognized today in North Carolina. He played an active role in securing appropriated funds from the US Congress to establish and support Extension programs at 1890 institutions. He was instrumental in obtaining funds to construct an on campus facility (David S. Coltrane Hall) for Cooperative Extension. He also contributed to establishing the first 4-H Camp (Mitchell 4-H Camp) for African-American youth. This award is given in honor of his achievements and legacy to North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

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