President Bush announced he intends to designate Elizabeth
Johnson as Acting Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety, following
Richard Raymond, who will retire Oct. 1.
Johnson most recently served as USDA's Chief Assistant to Deputy Secretary
Chuck Conner and Deputy Chief of Staff since May 2005.
A registered dietitian, Johnson joined USDA in 2002, having served more than
a decade advising government and the private sector on nutrition, farm credit
and livestock. Her previous government experience includes positions at the
Food and Drug Administration as a nutritionist for the food labeling division
and as a research dietitian at the USDA Agricultural Research Service.
A native of Madison, Ind.,
Johnson holds a Master of Science degree in Nutrition from the University of Maryland
and a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from BallStateUniversity.
Raymond has led FSIS since July 2005.
"Dr. Raymond has maintained his decency, humility and caring from his
days as a country doctor and Nebraska Chief Medical Officer throughout his
responsibilities here at USDA to direct actions that prevent disease and
promote the quality and safety of the food we eat," Secretary of
Agriculture Ed Schafer said in a news release.
Editor's note: watch for Dr. Raymond's reflections on his tenure in
Friday's edition of NewsMakers PM from