Russell Redding will become Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Agriculture

Credit: Delaware Valley College. Russell Redding.

Jan 13, 2015

Russell Redding will leave his position as Delaware Valley College’s dean of agriculture and environmental sciences Jan. 20 to become Pennsylvania’s next secretary of agriculture. Dr. Chris Tipping, associate professor of biology and chair of the Department of Plant Science, will serve as acting dean.

Redding was appointed as DelVal’s dean of agriculture and environmental sciences in February 2011. Prior to that, he served as Pennsylvania secretary of agriculture under the Rendell Administration. In addition to serving as dean, Redding taught classes in the graduate policy studies program and worked with students to start Hope of the Harvest, a community partnership, which uses college land to grow food to fight hunger in the local communities.

“Russell’s impact on DelVal’s School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences has been transformational,” said Dr. Bashar Hanna, vice president for academic affairs. “His commitment to our students and their educational goals was extraordinary.”

As dean of The School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences and a member of the president’s cabinet, Redding provided leadership for all academic-related matters including program development, evaluation, faculty development, strategic planning and budgeting for: agribusiness, animal science, crop science, dairy science, environmental science, equine management, food science, food technology, horticulture, landscape architecture, landscape contracting and management, restaurant and food service management, sustainable agriculture systems and turf management.

He also provided administrative oversight of the agricultural production enterprises that support the academic mission, including land and facilities used by agriculture students on main campus, Gemmill Farm and the Roth Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

“There is tremendous potential and capacity for agriculture, food and environmental sciences at DelVal,” said Redding. “In the last several years, I have seen the power of nearly 120 years of history, coupled with strategic thinking and interdisciplinary teaching and learning to change lives.”

Prior to joining DelVal, Redding served as Pennsylvania’s secretary of agriculture where he led the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture in all aspects of program implementation, administration, policy development, advocacy and federal farm policy development. A part of the Department’s leadership team, he previously provided oversight and guidance as a deputy secretary.

“Russell made a tremendous impact on our programs and our students in our School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences during his time at DelVal,” said College President Dr. Joseph Brosnan. “He served our community with passion and commitment. I am grateful for all he has done to help us move DelVal forward and I am proud of the fact that Governor-elect Wolf has selected Russell to serve the Commonwealth.”