Posted April 02, 2008
2008 Outstanding Alumni
Dr. James B. Henson, '58
With 49 years of higher education teaching experience, Dr. James
B. Henson,'58, has achieved many milestones in his career. He has
held positions as assistant, associate, and full professor and
administrative posts at Texas A&M University and Washington
State University. He is currently Professor Emeritus of
International Research and Development and Professor Emeritus of
Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology at Washington State
University. He is specialty board certified as a Diplomat by the
American College of Veterinary Pathologists.
Throughout his career, Dr. Henson has fostered strong ties to
the international educational and research communities associated
with veterinary medicine. He is the former Director of
International Programs at Washington State University, and has
taught at the undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education
levels in the United States and has worked in 27 other countries.
He has served as a member or lead of various teams which have
established programs such as the Environmental Planning and
Management Master's of Science program at the University of Chile,
the Master's of Science program in Environmental Biotechnology and
Bioremediation at the Pushchino State University in Russia, and the
Water Research and Training Center at the University of Jordan.
Dr. Henson established the International Laboratory for Research
on Animal Disease in Nairobi, Kenya, and served as its first
Director General. He has worked with the World Health Organization
in Special Programs for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases
in Switzerland, as well as the U.S. Agency for International
Development in a number of capacities including serving on the
Advisory Committee for Voluntary Foreign Aid.
Dr. Henson's career publications number over 200 articles
appearing in peer reviewed scientific journals, proceedings, books,
and reports. His research and development interests are varied and
include education, research, extension and technology transfer,
economic and business policies, institutional and human resource
development, strategic planning, and animal disease research and
Dr. Henson has been praised by colleagues as "one of the most
outstanding veterinary academicians of the past four decades."
During his tenure on the faculty of Texas A&M University's
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, he was
awarded the prestigious Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award. His
"integrity, honesty, and promotion of the success of others" is
well known throughout the veterinary medical academic world.
Dr. Henson resides in the northwestern part of the state of
Oregon where he operates a cattle ranch and is extensively involved
in local and regional economic development activities,
environmental organizations dealing with sustainability of natural
resources and the provision of education in isolated rural
communities. He enjoys hunting and fishing on the ranch and in the
region with friends and his son Ben.
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