Meet Emily Henry
Tillamook’s Open Campus program has been successful in engaging and impacting the community over the past few years, and Emily Henry has played a central role in its accomplishments. Emily is the OSU Open Campus Education Coordinator for Tillamook County as well as a faculty member for Agriculture and Natural Resources at Tillamook Bay Community College (TBCC).
Career and college readiness, degree completion, and economic and community development are the three goas Emily focuses on as the Open Campus Coordinator in Tillamook County. Emily is passionate about education and engaging with underserved members of the community. “I consider this to be the ultimate goal of Open Campus,” said Emily. Since her background is in STEM, Emily particularly enjoys the opportunities she has to work with youth and adult community members who have an interest in science, math, engineering, and/or technology
Tech Trek is a Tillamook program that has had an amazing response. Tech Trek is a camp for 8th grade girls empowering them in STEM. For those aspiring to be food entrepreneurs, there is a series of workshops called Recipe to Market. Emily also facilitates counseling sessions with the high school, TBCC students, and community members who want to pursue higher education. “Tillamook is amazing at working together to bring more opportunities to our community,” said Emily. “And I love being in a flexible position that allows me to work with such a variety of community members."
For the TBCC portion of Emily’s job, she coordinates an Agriculture and Natural Resources AAS degree. This includes working with students, instructor recruitment and advising, and teaching fisheries and wildlife courses.
Emily is originally from Anderson, Indiana. She earned her B.S. at Purdue University where she studied Biology/Ecology. She completed a dual Ph.D. in Fisheries and Wildlife and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior from Michigan State University. She was first attracted to the Open Campus program as it seemed like a match for her skills and would allow her to be part of a dynamic program that did exciting work. “This position has been so much more than I could have imagined,” said Emily. “I feel very fortunate to be a part of Open Campus, TBCC, and the Tillamook community.”
In her free time, Emily enjoys reading, seeing movies, live music, and any type of theater. She also loves spending time with friends and family, even though most of her family is still in the Midwest. Living in such a beautiful place means she does a fair amount of beach walking, tide pool exploring, and hiking. She and her husband Rick (who also works for OSU, as a videographer for Ecampus) keep busy with their collection of pets, which include two dogs, two cats, a rabbit, and a turtle.
Looking ahead, Emily is excited to keep growing and learning in her position and in life. "I am excited to keep traveling and see other parts of the country and the world," she said. “I want to always be open to new experiences, new ways of thinking, and to change."