Holcomb Reappoints McKinney to Head ISDA
Indiana Governor-elect Eric Holcomb announced that Ted McKinney will remain as head of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. McKinney’s reappointment had been largely expected, but his name had also been mentioned in national media reports as a possible candidate for U.S. Secretary of Agriculture in the Trump administration. “Ted is a dedicated leader whose experience both on the farm and in corporate agribusiness is a unique asset to the Hoosier state,” said Holcomb. “In this role, Ted has and will continue to pursue bold initiatives that affect Hoosiers, Americans, and global citizens alike.”
McKinney was appointed as Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture in January 2014, and in 2015 additional responsibilities were added as the Director of Agribusiness Economic Development within the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). Prior to government service, Ted was director of Global Corporate Affairs for Elanco Animal Health and also served in a number of roles at Dow AgroSciences, his last as Leader of Food Chain, Industry, and States Affairs. He serves as a co-chair of the National FFA Conventions Local Organizing Committee for Indianapolis and is a member of numerous boards including the Indiana State Fair Commission and Board. McKinney is a graduate of Purdue University.
“At the heart of it, Indiana is agriculture, and Ted’s vast knowledge and experience will continue to serve Hoosiers well as ISDA Director,” said Lieutenant Governor-elect Suzanne Crouch. “Hoosiers have every reason to believe that Ted will continue to support, grow, and advocate for Indiana’s food and agriculture sector.”
Also on Friday, Holcumb tagged Bill Konyha to head the Office of Community and Rural Affairs.“Throughout Bill’s time as the Director of Community and Rural Affairs, he has demonstrated his strong ability to represent the challenges and opportunities shared by rural communities across the state,” said Lieutenant Governor-elect Suzanne Crouch. “I look forward to working with Bill to further improve Indiana for all Hoosiers.”
Bill Konyha has been the Executive Director at Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs since his appointment in January of 2015. Previously, he served as the President and CEO of the Economic Development Group of Wabash County, Inc. and was the Executive Director for both Fayette County and Tipton County. Governor Mike Pence awarded Konyha with the Sagamore of the Wabash award in 2013.