(Oct. 9) The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has selected Carl Newell as the section head at the Fresh Products Branch Training and Development Center in Fredericksburg, Va., said Jimmie Turner, spokesman for the AMS.

Newell most recently was with Bryant & Stratton College, Richmond, Va., where he served as the campus director for five years, Turner said in a Sept. 25 e-mail.

At Bryant & Stratton College, Newell — a retired Air Force officer — had oversight responsibility for more than 40 faculty and staff, in addition to teaching duties. Turner said Newell is expected to start on Oct. 15 with AMS.

Bob Keeney, deputy administrator of fruit and vegetable programs at the AMS, said in a statement emailed to The Packer that Newell will bring experience in program development and education management.

FORMER HEAD SENTENCED

Turner also reported that Thomas Gambill, the former section head at the training center in Fredericksburg, has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison in connection with a conviction earlier this year of stealing government funds. Gambill also was ordered to pay $162,858.93 in restitution to the USDA.

Gambill had been director of the multimillion dollar training facility when it opened in 2001 and served in Fredericksburg until 2004 when he was transferred to Washington, D.C.

He pleaded guilty in April to one count of theft of government money in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. From Nov. 22, 2000, through Dec. 8, 2003, Gambill resold software packages without authorization for $162,858.93, according to a May 15 memo about the case.

In his statement, Keeney said the prosecution of Gambill demonstrates that the AMS will pursue wrongdoing and will work to resolve those issues.

“Gambill’s actions do not reflect those of the overwhelming majority of USDA and AMS employees at all levels who are vigilant in protecting precious resource and preserving the trust of the general public and the industries they serve,” he said.