April 13, 2007
April 13, 2007 - Ron DeHaven, DVM, administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), this week announced the appointment of Cindy Smith as the agency's new associate administrator.
"I am very pleased that Cindy has accepted this position," DeHaven said. "Her career at APHIS spans more than 28 years and her commitment to public service, vast knowledge of agency activities and dedication to protecting American agriculture make her a natural choice for this leadership role."
In her new role, Smith will assist in managing one of USDA' most multi-faceted agencies, which includes the plant protection and quarantine program; veterinary services program; wildlife services program; animal care program; and the biotechnology regulatory services program. The agency is charged with defending America's animal and plant resources from agricultural pests and diseases.
Smith replaces Nick Gutierrez, who is a member of the Foreign Service and accepted APHIS' regional director position in Mexico City.