Jewel H. Bronaugh
Jewel Bronaugh, USDA Deputy Secretary.jpg
14th United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
Assumed office
May 17, 2021
PresidentJoe Biden
SecretaryTom Vilsack
Preceded byStephen Censky
16th Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
In office
April 2018 – May 2021
GovernorRalph Northam
Succeeded byBrad Copenhaver
Personal details
BornPetersburg, Virginia, U.S.
EducationJames Madison University (BS)
Virginia Tech (MEd, EdD)

Jewel Hairston Bronaugh is an American government official serving as the Deputy Secretary of Agriculture since May 17, 2021. She previously served as the 16th commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services from 2018 to 2021. Bronaugh is the first African-American to be Deputy Secretary of Agriculture.

Early life and education

Bronaugh, a native of Petersburg, Virginia,[1] earned a bachelor's degree in education at James Madison University. She completed a master's degree in education and doctorate in career and technical education from Virginia Tech.[2]

Career

In 2001, Bronaugh joined the faculty at Virginia State University (VSU). For five years, Bronaugh served as the dean of the VSU College of Agriculture before becoming executive director of the VSU Center for Agricultural Research, Engagement and Outreach (CAREO). In 2018, she was appointed by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam as the 16th Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. In January 2021, then-President-elect Joe Biden nominated her as the United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture.[3] She was confirmed by voice vote in the Senate on May 13, 2021[4] and sworn in on May 17, 2021.[5]

References

  1. ^ glunis.com, College of Agriculture Coop Ext – Agriculture & Natural Resources. Retrieved 2021-01-18.
  2. ^ "Virginia Governor Northam: Nomination of Dr. Jewel Bronaugh". States Top Leading News. 2021-01-18. Retrieved 2021-01-18.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Hargrove, Adrianna (January 18, 2021). "Biden nominates former VSU Dean of Agriculture to Cabinet position". NBC 12. Retrieved 2021-01-18.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "PN123 - Nomination of Jewel Hairston Bronaugh for Department of Agriculture, 117th Congress (2021-2022)". www.congress.gov. May 13, 2021. Retrieved May 31, 2021.
  5. ^ Dr. Jewel Bronaugh is new Deputy at USDA (Youtube video). May 17, 2021. Retrieved May 31, 2021.