The Diversity Achievement Award has been named after Dr. William L. Henson, who retired from the College in 1999.

Dr. Henson served for many years in our College, first as a faculty member in the department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology and for several years as Assistant to the Dean for Minority Affairs. Dr. Henson was the first chair of the Diversity Coordinating Council.

Dr. Henson's contributions and leadership and wise counsel led to the recruitment and retention of many underrepresented students who matriculated in our College. He also provided support, mentorship, and leadership for the Dean's office on programs addressing recruitment and retention of minority and women faculty, extension educators, and staff in the College.

Dr. Henson is deceased and the College wishes to memorialize this award in his honor.