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Tennille Herron in a botanical garden

Voice of UF/IFAS – Dr. Tennille Herron

Name:
Dr. Tennille Herron

Position:
IT Manager, Web Services

Hometown:
Jacksonville, FL …DUUUUUUUUUUVAL!

Years at UF/IFAS:

I have worked for UF/IFAS for 8 and UF for 16 years.

Describe your role at UF/IFAS:

I am responsible for overseeing and providing strategic direction for the UF/IFAS Digital Ecosystem which consists of approximately 500+ domains, websites, and blogs. While leading the IFAS web technology transfer, I also manage the day-to-day web operations for the UF/IFAS Web Services Team. Together we provide central support to over 200 web builders throughout Florida. We also support critical IFAS websites: IFAS.ufl.edu, SFYL.ifas.ufl.edu, and BLOGS.ifas.ufl.edu. I am most proud of Blogs.IFAS. Upon arrival at IFAS, we only had (1) blog. Now we currently have more than 700 bloggers feeding content regularly to over 100 blogs and our other digital properties! This year, Blogs.IFAS garnered over 2 million Pageviews.

How did your background and experiences shape your interest in your current field?

When my father brought a Commodore 64 home, I would play games on it once the dial-up modem connected. Shortly thereafter, my sister and I attended a summer camp where we played computer games all day. This prompted my interest in computers. Though I originally went to school for fine art, I took some elective computer courses as a plan B and started working as a Graphic Designer. During the 90s, I learned front-end coding on the job working for two dot com startups in Jacksonville. In the early 2000s, I started front-end coding for the University of Florida. Later, I returned to school and became the first in my family to obtain a Doctorate. This degree increased my knowledge of managing technology and systems.

Who do you admire?

LOL, BLACK GIRL MAGIC is a real thing. So, I am truly inspired by all the queens holding it down every day and making it happen.

What does Black History Month mean to you?

Black History Month is a special time to celebrate the amazing achievements of Black Americans who are often overlooked, under-recognized, and undervalued. Black Americans are resilient and have made rich contributions to America. Our history can never be erased, marginalized, or eliminated. Our heritage runs deep, originating with African kingdoms. We continue to evolve as a people inventing and influencing the culture around us. Black History means that I can excel beyond systemic, economic, and racial barriers to achieve my goals. Hopefully, highlighting black achievements will inspire all people to do their best and make a difference.

What inspires you? What are your hobbies?

I am always striving to be the best version of myself, to be better than I was yesterday. My belief in Jesus Christ challenges me every day to operate in excellence, exercise integrity, live ethically, and morally. Currently, I am inspired by this quote: if you have a heart, if you care —then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. – Philippians 2:1-4 MSG

My hobbies include traveling, reading, and volunteering. Before the COVID-19 pandemic and each week for over 20 years I was involved in youth mentoring in Jacksonville, Florida. I helped them develop their talents, confidence, and good character. The weekly drive was long, but it was time well spent. After reaching adulthood, some came back to say “Thank you” for something I said or did that inspired, encouraged or motivated them. I am grateful that I was able to impact so many lives. I am also grateful for how each experience impacted my life!

Tennille Herron in a botanical garden

I love to look at nature. Whenever I travel and if the city has a botanical garden, you are sure to find me there. This photo was taken at the Montreal Botanical Garden.

 

11 Comments on “Voice of UF/IFAS – Dr. Tennille Herron

  1. You continue to be a role model and a light in a very dark world. You continue to be a trailblazer and focal point of the tip of a modern day spear that pierces the veils of female inequalities in the work force. If you persist in your endeavors, you will always be rewarded with the blessings of God! Thank you for your service and support.

  2. Dr. Tennille,
    This is incredibly beautiful! Girl we can see that you truly worked hard for it, and are representing in a BIG way. You have established such a great legacy that definitely makes our entire family so proud. You are our trailblazer, so Keep up the awesome job that you’re doing .

    Aunt Gwen

  3. You are a blessing and have been for many youth and adults. Very proud of you and expecting to hear and read much more of your experiences and compliments

  4. I am so proud of your and your continuous stand in faith for the youth that have cross your path. Thank you for your support and spirit of excellence and knowledge in all you have done.
    Baker

  5. Awesome Awesome. So very pride of you, the work you’re doing and the beautiful young woman you’ve become. Congratulations.

  6. Jesus in your heart, excellence in your bloodline, knowledge in your head, and Black Girl Magic…well that’s EVERYTHING!!!

    Thank you for representing well and blazing a positive trail for others to follow!!

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