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Appointment of Sally J. Rockey, Ph.D., as Deputy Director for Extramural Research, NIH

August 10, 2010

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Sally J. Rockey, Ph.D., as Deputy Director for Extramural Research, NIH. This appointment is effective August 15, 2010.

As you know, Sally has been serving as Acting DDER since the fall of 2008. She joined the NIH as Deputy Director of the Office of Extramural Research in 2005. An insect physiologist by training, Sally has been a leader in Federal Assistance and research administration for almost 25 years. Before joining the NIH, she led the US Department of Agriculture Extramural Competitive Research Program at the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service. While in that position she was called on because of her strong executive skills to serve as the Chief Information Officer as well. Throughout her Federal career, Sally has been a leader in research ethics, particularly in the area of conflicts of interest and research misconduct management, and she continues to serve as the NIH Agency Extramural Research Integrity Officer. She chairs or is an active member of numerous Federal committees related to science and research. She also collaborates closely with the academic, scientific, and business communities. She has strong leadership and management qualities, is a true problem-solver, and maintains productive relationships among the NIH extramural programs, our stakeholders, and the grantee community. As just one example—though an enormously important one—of her many contributions to the agency, Sally demonstrated her outstanding leadership during the NIH’s implementation of ARRA. I am delighted that she will continue to serve as DDER and lead OER.

Please join me in congratulating Sally on the removal of the “Acting” designation from her title. And I know you will continue to give her your full support.

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director, National Institutes of Health

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