Parham, Gregory L.

Gregory L. Parham DVM, MS

Head Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
USDA
Washington, DC

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.

Greg's 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.