August 15, 2013



Posted July 31, 2013 

Department of Agriculture  


  Dr. Gregory Parham​   Kevin SheaKevin Shea

Dr. Gregory Parham was sworn in June 12 as assistant secretary for administration for the Department of Agriculture. Dr. Parham had served as acting assistant secretary for the past year and previously as administrator of the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Following Dr. Parham’s promotion, Kevin Shea was appointed head of APHIS on June 18.

Dr. Parham served as APHIS’ associate administrator from November 2009 until his appointment as administrator in 2011. He worked closely with program heads to provide leadership and direction in science while focusing special attention on international and trade activities.

Prior to his role as associate administrator, Dr. Parham spent two years as the deputy administrator for Marketing and Regulatory Programs–Business Services.  In this capacity, he was responsible for providing resource management and administrative services to support the objectives of APHIS, the Agricultural Marketing Service, and the Grain Inspection and Packers and Stockyards Administration.

Dr. Parham joined APHIS in March 2006 as the agency’s chief information officer and provided leadership related to the agency’s information technology initiatives. He began his federal career in 1980 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer with the U.S. Public Health Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Parham joined the USDA in 1982 and worked for several department agencies, including the Food Safety and Inspection Service and the Extension Service. He earned his DVM degree from The Ohio State University in 1980 and holds a master’s from Johns Hopkins University in administrative science.

Before Kevin Shea’s appointment as APHIS administrator, he had served as the agency’s associate administrator since 2004. Starting in 2000, he was deputy administrator for Policy and Program Development, providing leadership for the overall planning and direction of policies, programs, and activities at APHIS as well as being responsible for the agency’s budget, regulation development, and environmental compliance programs.

From 1992-2000, Shea was APHIS’ director of budget and accounting. Earlier in his career, he worked as a budget analyst, chief of the Program Analysis Branch, and chief of the Policy Analysis and Development Staff. He also spent a year as a litigator in Baltimore. 

Wyoming VMA 

The Wyoming VMA elected new officials during the Jackson Hole Veterinary Rendezvous, co-hosted with the Idaho VMA, in Jackson Hole, Wyo., on June 17th. Dr. Jake Hall of Lander was installed as president; Dr. Brandi Hudson of Gillette is president-elect; Dr. Katie Flock of Rawlins will serve as the second president-elect; and Dr. Michael Meeboer of Torrington is the immediate past president.