2/02/18 - Change in Leadership at the Agriculture Select Agent Services (AgSAS)
The Federal Select Agent Program would like to announce a change in leadership at the Agriculture Select Agent Services (AgSAS). On Monday, February 5, 2018, Dr. Freeda Isaac will leave AgSAS to become the Executive Director of National Import Export Services, under Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) Veterinary Services.
Also effective on February 5, Dr. Keith Wiggins will become AgSAS’ Acting National Director. Before this assignment, Dr. Wiggins served as the Associate National Director of AgSAS. Dr. Wiggins began his APHIS career in 2005. Throughout the last 13 years has served in leadership roles from enforcing regulations for the import of animal products and by-products to mitigate the introduction of foreign animal diseases, to ensuring that agricultural viruses, bacteria, and toxins are safeguarded to prevent agro-bioterrorism and public health threats. Prior to joining APHIS, Dr. Wiggins practiced veterinary medicine in North Carolina, was a Regional Veterinarian for Hill’s Pet Nutrition, and taught college courses at Livingstone College, the College of Southern Maryland, and Prince George’s Community College. Dr. Wiggins holds a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University. He served as a Missile Launch Officer in the United States Air Force, and is currently serving as a Chief Public Health Officer in the New Jersey Air National Guard.