Pennsylvania Governor-elect Tom Wolf introduced Russell Redding as the new head of the state’s Department of Agriculture. Redding previously served as secretary of the Department of Agriculture in 2009.
The choice was widely expected during the time he was interviewed by Farming Magazine for the upcoming February issue. Then, he was advising the incoming governor’s transition team and spoke with the magazine at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in January.
“Russell Redding is well-respected by the agriculture community, and he has proven his abilities to grow Pennsylvania’s agriculture sector and make it an economic engine for our state economy,” Wolf said in his statement.
Redding served as the dean of the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at Delaware Valley College (DelVal) since 2011. In his role, he provided academic oversight for programs including plant science environmental science, landscape architecture, dairy science, animal science, equine science, agribusiness and food science.
“Russell’s impact on DelVal’s School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences has been transformational,” said Dr. Bashar Hanna, vice president for academic affairs at DelVal. “His commitment to our students and their educational goals was extraordinary.”
Prior to joining DelVal, Redding served as Pennsylvania’s secretary of agriculture from 2009 to 2011, where he led the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture in all aspects of program implementation, administration, policy development, advocacy, and federal farm policy development.