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Parham named acting assistant secretary

Gregory Parham

Gregory Parham


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Tuesday that President Barack Obama has designated Gregory Parham, the administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, to serve as USDA acting assistant secretary of Agriculture for administration.

Parham succeeds Pearlie Reed, who resigned June 1.

“Dr. Parham shares my vision for cultural transformation at USDA, and his leadership has been invaluable as we work to deliver a record amount of service to Americans in a time of budget reductions and tough choices,” Vilsack said in a memo to USDA employees. “I am confident that he will serve admirably in this capacity as we continue working to ensure USDA is a model employer and a premier service provider for all Americans.”

Vilsack also announced that Kevin Shea, who has served since 2004 as APHIS associate administrator and before that in a variety of other leadership roles for the agency, will serve as acting administrator of APHIS during the interim period.