NIH News Release
Office of the Director

Monday, July 1, 2002
NIH Communications Office
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Thomas Gallagher, Ph.D., Named Director of NIH's Office of Community Liaison

Bethesda, Maryland — NIH Director Elias Zerhouni, M.D., announced today the appointment of Thomas Gallagher, Ph.D., as the new director of the NIH's Office of Community Liaison (OCL). Dr. Gallagher has experience in both the public and private sectors and brings a diverse background in education and administration to his new position at the NIH.

"I am looking forward to working with Dr. Gallagher as he assumes this very important role," said Dr. Zerhouni. "OCL is NIH's critical link to our neighbors in the surrounding community. We want to continue to involve area residents in any plans for the NIH campus. Tom has the right combination of skills and experience to be our liaison to the community."

The OCL is charged with ensuring that local residents are represented on a wide range of NIH activities and plans, such as the development of the 20-year Master Plan for the Bethesda campus. As director of the OCL, Dr. Gallagher will be involved in a broad array of issues affecting NIH and the community, including traffic mitigation, environmental management, campus construction, and security planning. Janyce Hedetniemi, who started the office eight years ago, retired on Friday after 25 years of Federal service.

Dr. Gallagher holds a B.A. degree in literature and a Master's degree in mass communication and journalism from Central Missouri State University, and a Ph.D. in educational research and psychology from the University of Kansas. He began his career as a middle school teacher and high school English teacher and was named "teacher of the year" in the state of Missouri in 1984. From 1988 to 1996, he established, for the first time, special education programs in Paraguay, Bolivia, and Uruguay. Dr. Gallagher has held management positions with Nike, Inc., AT&T, and the state of Wisconsin. Most recently, he served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, Technology, and Finance at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The OCL is within the Office of the Director, NIH. More information on OCL can be found at: