Administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service: Who Is Kevin Shea?

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Agency veteran Kevin Shea was appointed administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) in the U.S. Department of Agriculture on June 18, 2013. Shea, who has served as acting administrator since June 2012, succeeded Gregory Parham, who was named acting assistant secretary of Agriculture for administration. 


A native Washingtonian born circa 1954, Shea graduated DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland, in 1972. He earned a B.A. in Political Science and Government at the University of Maryland at College Park in 1976 and a law degree at the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1991.


Joining APHIS circa 1979, Shea served early in his career as a budget analyst, chief of the Program Analysis Branch, and chief of the Policy Analysis and Development Staff. After graduating law school in 1991, Shea practiced law for a year in the litigation department of the Baltimore law firm of Frank, Bernstein, Conaway and Goldman, returning to APHIS upon the firm’s demise.


From 1992 to 2000 Shea was director of budget and accounting, and from 2000 to 2004 he was deputy administrator for policy and program development. Shea served as associate administrator from September 2004 to May 2012.


Shea resides in Crofton, Maryland. 

-Matt Bewig


To Learn More:

Official Biography

New APHIS Administrator Highlights Agency Priorities (Farm Futures)


William J. Resop, DVM 5 years ago
Dear Mr. Shea, I would like to make a fairly important correction to the e-mail message you sent regarding APHIS being back in business: WE are not your customers. YOU and the rest of APHIS staff are OUR employees. If you and the rest of those who work in the Government really GOT this, perhaps our Government might actually work and those who work for it might actually earn some respect from the rest of us instead of just our loathing and frustration.

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