April 1, 2011
Gregory Parham, DVM, has been appointed administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Parham was associate administrator at APHIS and takes over from Cindy Smith who has served as administrator since 2007.
In 1980, Parham began his federal career as an epidemic intelligence service officer with the Public Health Service at the Centers for Disease Control. In 1982, he joined USDA and has worked for several of the agencies during his career, including the Food Safety and Inspection Service, the Extension Service, the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service and the Office of the Chief Information Officer.