Meet the Chief Deputy Director

MDARD Chief Deputy Director Gordon WenkGordon Wenk has worked with the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) for over 30 years and was appointed Chief Deputy Director in June of 2008. Prior to that, Gordon served as Director of MDARD's Environmental Stewardship Division.

As Chief Deputy Director, Gordon has overall administrative management responsibility for all divisions within MDARD. These programs include animal health, food safety, environmental issues, plant pest concerns, weights and measures, consumer protection, and marketing opportunities.

Gordon graduated from Michigan State University with B.S. and M.S. degrees in natural resource management and agriculture. He is currently the treasurer of the Williamston School Board and previously served as president of the National Association of State Conservation Agencies.