Dr. Gregory Parham is the Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Dr. Parham, who became APHIS Administrator in April 2011, carries out the agency's broad mission of protecting and promoting American agriculture, regulating genetically engineered organisms, administering the Animal Welfare Act and carrying out wildlife damage management activities. On June 13, 2012, Secretary Vilsack designated Dr. Parham to act as USDA's Acting Assistant Secretary for Administration.
Previously, Dr. Parham served as APHIS' Associate Administrator from November 2009 until his appointment as Administrator. In this role, 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 Chief Information Officer and provided leadership related to the Agency's information technology initiatives.
Dr. Parham began his Federal career in 1980 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the Public Health Service at the Centers for Disease Control. He joined USDA in 1982 and has worked for several USDA 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.
Dr. Parham holds a masters degree from the Johns Hopkins University in administrative science and doctorate and bachelor degrees from the Ohio State University in veterinary medicine and microbiology. Dr. Parham was a University of Maryland adjunct graduate faculty member and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.
A native Ohioan, Dr. Parham resides with his family in Mitchellville, MD.