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WNE Alumna Ashley Randle Becomes First Female Commissioner of Department of Agricultural Resources

Published: March 07, 2023 | Categories: All News, Law
WNE Alumna Ashley Randle -First Female Commissioner of Department of Agricultural Resources

Western New England University (WNE) is thrilled to congratulate alumna Ashley Randle on her appointment as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR). Randle, who earned her Juris Doctorate from the WNE University School of Law in 2014, will be the first woman to lead the Department.

In her new role, Randle will oversee a broad range of programs and services designed to promote and support the state's agriculture industry. These include initiatives to support, regulate, and enhance the rich diversity of the Commonwealth's agricultural community to promote economically and environmentally sound food safety and animal health measures, and fulfill agriculture's role in energy conservation and production.

"I am grateful to the Healey-Driscoll Administration for the appointment and look forward to working on behalf of Massachusetts farmers, fishers, and stakeholders to build a more equitable, robust, and resilient local food system," said Commissioner Randle. "My legal education at Western New England University laid the foundation for a career in public service through a dynamic curriculum, externship opportunities, and professors who remain valued mentors to this day."

Prior to her appointment, Randle was the Member Services Director for Northeast Dairy Producers Association, Inc. and the Marketing Specialist/Special Projects at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry.

"Randle's expertise in environmental policy and law, combined with her passion for supporting sustainable agriculture, make her an ideal choice for this important leadership position," said WNE President Robert E. Johnson. "As a graduate of Western New England University, Randle embodies the University's commitment to preparing students for meaningful and impactful careers that serve the greater good."

The entire Western New England University community is proud to congratulate Ashley Randle on this well-deserved appointment and looks forward to following her leadership and accomplishments in this critical role.