Cindy Smith is the newly appointed administrator of USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Smith is replacing Ron DeHaven, who served as administrator since 2004.

"Cindy has been an integral part of the APHIS team for many years," says Bruce Knight, under secretary for USDA's marketing and regulatory programs. "Her leadership and management experience are extremely valuable as APHIS continues to carry out its mission."

Smith started her career with APHIS in 1979, and has since gained diverse experience working in plant protection and quarantine, wildlife services and biotechnology regulatory services. She has been associate administrator since April.