Bob D. Chandler, Jr.
State Director of North Carolina
Bob D. Chandler, Jr. is the State Director for USDA Rural Development in North Carolina.
Bob dedicated his career to agriculture since starting his first internship with USDA in 1974 while attending NC State University. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics in 1977, he became Assistant County Supervisor with USDA Farmers Home Administration followed by County Supervisor for Buncombe and Gaston counties. Chandler joined the USDA National Appeals Division in 1988 where he adjudicated USDA appeal issues in 26 states including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands for 17 years.
In 2005, he served as USDA Rural Development Area Director for the 19 western NC county region. Chandler retired from USDA in 2009 after serving for 35 years. Since 2009, Bob has been consulting for a faith based nonprofit and holding USDA mediations for the North Carolina Agricultural Mediation Program and Farm Agricultural Resources and Mediation in Virginia.