USDA announces South Carolina Rural Development State Director

October 13, 2021

President Joe Biden announced the appointment of Dr. Saundra Glover to the office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture South Carolina State Director on Tuesday afternoon.

Dr. Glover, a product of rural South Carolina, is currently a Distinguished Professor Emerita and adjunct professor in the Department of Health Services Policy and Management in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. She served for several years as the first Associate Dean for Health Disparities and Social Justice in the Arnold School of Public Health and directed the Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities research portfolio that grew to $35 million under her leadership. Additionally, Dr. Glover served as Associate Director of the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center. A graduate of the School of Business at South Carolina State University, Dr. Glover received her MBA and Doctor of Philosophy in Management and Organizational Behavior from the University of South Carolina.

The announcement also included the appointments of five Farm Service Agency State Directors and six other Rural Development (RD) State Directors for Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

“These twelve individuals are incredible public servants who have a proven track record when it comes to their commitment to advance their states and communities,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Each will serve on the frontlines, carrying out USDA’s mission at the state level and ensuring the voice of each and every USDA customer is heard. We are fortunate to have each of these talented individuals at this critical time for farmers and producers and rural communities across America.”

RD State Directors serve as the chief executive officer of Rural Development in the states and territories and are tasked with carrying out the mission of rural development to the benefit of everyone in rural America. In conjunction with the guidance and support of the National Office, State Directors are responsible for promoting the mission and strategic goals of Rural Development and provide key leadership to develop and support a productive, diverse, and inclusive state workforce.

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USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit


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