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National Extension in Excellence Award Winner and ECOP, USDA and Extension administrators

ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY, Ala. – The United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA), the Cooperative Extension System and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) announced the 2019 Extension in Excellence Award winners. This year Alabama Extension specialist Dorothy Brandon took home the 1890s Regional Excellence in Extension Award. Brandon was honored for improving the financial well-being of adults across Alabama.

USDA-NIFA and Cooperative Extension have sponsored the Excellence in Extension Award since 1991. It is a national recognition given annually to Extension professionals for visionary leadership, excellence in programming and positive impact on their community.

Brandon is committed to developing outreach programs for young people and adults. Her work focuses on financial management, workforce development and family literacy. She also helps older adults to live successfully at home and in their communities. In addition, Brandon has published numerous articles and delivered scholarly presentations across the nation. She also obtained more than $792,000 in grant funding.

Earlier this year, she received the 1890 Extension in Excellence Award. This award qualified her to receive the prestigious national award. The Extension in Excellence Award was presented Sunday, Nov. 10 during APLU’s annual meeting in San Diego, California.

“Dr. Brandon’s honor marks the third time an Extension specialist at Alabama A&M University has taken home the national award,” said Extension Associate Director Celvia Stovall. “We are fortunate to be awarded twice–by helping Alabama residents and by being recognized by the Extension in Excellence Award.”

Contact Brandon at (256) 372-5458 or dpb0010@aces.edu or visit the Urban Home and Family webpage  for more information on family and child development programs.

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