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Dorr Announces Appointment Of Gleason To Serve As Associate Administrator Of USDA’s Rural Housing Programs


WASHINGTON, December 16, 2005-Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Thomas Dorr today announced the appointment of Jackie J. Gleason as Associate Administrator of USDA Rural Development’s Rural Housing Programs.

“Jackie Gleason has a long and distinguished career with USDA Rural Development,” said Dorr. “I am pleased that Jackie will be sharing his leadership and dedication to rural America in his newest role as a public servant.”

Gleason joined USDA in 1976, and was appointed to be Washington State Rural Development Director in 2001, a position he held until 2004. He left that position to become Deputy Administrator for Rural Development Multi-Family Housing Programs in Washington, D.C., and served in that capacity until his appointment as associate administrator.

As associate administrator, Gleason will assist Housing Administrator Russell Davis in managing over twenty program and support functions. Rural Development’s housing programs invest over $6 billion in America’s rural communities each fiscal year, providing clean, safe and affordable housing to thousands of America’s families. The housing mission area also oversees the Community Facilities program, which invests loan and grant funds for community infrastructure projects across the nation.

Gleason, a Vietnam veteran, is a graduate of the University of California.

USDA Rural Development’s mission is to deliver programs in a way that will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural residents. As a venture capital entity, Rural Development has invested over $63 billion since the beginning of the Bush Administration to provide equity and technical assistance to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technology infrastructure. As a result, over 1.1 million jobs have been created or saved through these investments. Further information on rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA’s web site at


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