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Parham, Gregory L.

Gregory L. Parham DVM, MS

Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)


Dr. Gregory
Parham received his DVM degree from The Ohio State University College of
Veterinary Medicine in 1980 and began his career in the Epidemic Intelligence
Service at the United States Public Health Service's Centers for Disease
Control in Atlanta, Georgia where he received a certificate in epidemiology and
biostatistics in 1982. From 1982 until
1986, Dr. Parham served as staff epidemiologist in the Food Safety and
Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and
then as branch chief for epidemiology from 1986 until 1990. During this time,
Greg earned a Certificate of Advanced Study and Residency in Health Policy and
Management in 1984 and a Master's degree in Administrative Science in 1986 from
Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. He was board-certified
and became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive
Medicine in 1989.

From 1990
to 1995 Dr. Parham was Senior Information Resource Management Official in the
USDA's extension service. Greg served as National Program Leader for Veterinary
Medicine and Livestock Production for the USDA in 1996 and 1997. He served as
Executive Director of the Year 2000 Program Office for the USDA between 1997
and 2000, as Associate Chief Information Officer from 2000 until 2006 and then
as Chief Information Officer for the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection
Service (APHIS) from 2006 until 2008. Dr. Parham served as Deputy Administrator
for Marketing and Regulatory Programs for APHIS from 2008 until 2009 and then
as Associate Administrator of APHIS in Washington DC from 2009 until 2011. In
2011, he was appointed Head Administrator of APHIS. In this capacity, Dr.
Parham serves as the highest ranking administrator in the federal regulatory
agency charged with protecting animal and plant health in the United States,
including animal care and biotechnology issues.

Dr. Parham
also has served as Adjunct Associate Professor of Information and
Telecommunications Studies for the University of Maryland between 1987 and 1997
and as an Adjunct Associate Professor for Virginia-Maryland's Regional College
of Veterinary Medicine from 1997 until 2000. Greg has co-authored several
scientific publications on food safety and infectious disease and received
several service awards during his career in regulatory veterinary medicine,
including a Federal Agency Medal of Excellence. In 2000, he received the
Outstanding Service Medal of the President’s Council on Year 2000 Conversion
and has twice received presidential rank awards: a distinguished executive
award in 2005 and a meritorious executive award in 2009.

success has been based on his strong foundation in science, his superior
interpersonal skills, and his ability to quickly grasp the fundamental issues
in difficult situations and bring about positive change. Dr. Parham has made
the college proud during his distinguished career in public service and we are
pleased to honor him as a Distinguished Alumnus.