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Henry Receives 2009 Chancellor’s Award


Karl Henry, Chair of the Engineering Technology Program at Drake State, has been presented with the Chancellor’s Award as the 2009 Technical Faculty Member of the Year for the State of Alabama. Each year the Chancellor’s Office recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of employees of the two year college system in each of four categories: administration, support staff, academic faculty and technical faculty. Henry was nominated by a committee of his peers based on criteria established by the Chancellor’s Office. The selection panel evaluated each nominee’s service to the community and students, contributions to program planning and development as well as personal and professional development.

“We are extremely proud of Mr. Henry for his accomplishments and are appreciative that the selection panel officially acknowledged his contributions not only to Drake State, but to our community and the two year college system,” said Dr. Helen McAlpine, President of Drake State.

Henry has been employed at Drake State for sixteen years where he currently teaches industrial electronics and serves as the division chair for the engineering technology department. He creates opportunities for students to succeed by involving himself in regional workforce development activities, forging relationships for student internships and serving as the faculty advisor for the Drake State Amateur Radio Club. Henry has been recognized as an innovator in his field having received national recognition for a research project in the area of Field Programmable Gateway Arrays (FPGAs). Henry also generously donates his time and professional expertise to non-profits and schools.

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