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April 9, 2018
Dr. Jewel Bronaugh named as the 16th Commissioner of Agriculture
Contact: Elaine Lidholm, 804.786.7686

On April 9, Governor Ralph S. Northam announced the appointment of Dr. Jewel Bronaugh as the 16th Commissioner of Agriculture. Bronaugh comes to the post from Virginia State University (VSU), where she was Executive Director to VSU’s Center for Agricultural Research, Engagement and Outreach; and before that, Dean of VSU’s College of Agriculture. She also served as State Executive Director of the USDA Farm Service Agency.

A native of Petersburg, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from James Madison University, a master’s in Education and a doctorate in Career and Technical Education from Virginia Tech. 

Bettina Ring, Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, said, “I am delighted to welcome Dr. Bronaugh to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. She brings to the position a wealth of knowledge, an impressive skill set and an abundant network within the agriculture community in Virginia and the United States.”


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