Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Gordon Wenk has announced the selection of Dr. James Averill as the department’s deputy director, effective Monday, May 21, 2018.
Averill joined the MDARD team in August 2009 working in the department’s Animal Industry Division as the Bovine TB Eradication Program Coordinator. In June 2011, he became the Animal Industry Division Director and then added the role of state veterinarian to his duties just two years later.
“James’ passion for the agricultural industry—coupled with his leadership experience—made him an ideal fit for this role. I look forward to his advocacy for growth within Michigan’s food and agriculture industry,” said Wenk.
Averill received his bachelor’s degree in veterinary science from Michigan State University in 1999 and his doctorate of veterinary medicine in 2001 also from MSU. He resides in Webberville with his wife Donna.