|Sally Lee Appointed NIGMS Executive Officer
Jeremy M. Berg, Ph.D., director of the National Institute of General
Medical Sciences (NIGMS), has appointed Sally Lee as the institute's
new executive officer. NIGMS, a component of the National Institutes
of Health (NIH), supports research that increases understanding
of life processes and lays the foundation for advances in disease
diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.
"Ms. Lee is a seasoned administrator who has the vision, personality,
and leadership skills needed to oversee the institute's administrative
management infrastructure," said Berg. "Her extensive knowledge
about NIGMS policies, programs, and administrative operations will
enable her to hit the ground running."
In her new position, Lee will be in charge of the institute's
administrative functions, including financial management, information
technology, and management analysis. She will also advise Berg
and other senior officials on administrative management issues
and their implications for NIGMS scientific programs.
NIGMS has a staff of approximately 150 employees plus contractors
and Division of Extramural Activities Support personnel. The institute
has a fiscal year 2007 budget of $1.9 billion, most of which funds
research and training grants to scientists at universities, medical
schools, hospitals, and research institutions throughout the country.
"I've worked at NIGMS for 19 years. During that time, I've watched
the institute evolve and had the opportunity to help shape it in
some ways," Lee said. "I look forward to continuing to play a
role in the decision-making processes that impact the superb science
Lee joined NIGMS as an administrative technician in 1988 and became
a management analyst in 1991. She participated in the Women's Executive
Leadership Program in 1997 and 1998, with rotational assignments
in the NIH Office of Administrative Services and Resources and
at the National Partnership for Reinventing Government. In 2000,
Lee rose to the rank of NIGMS deputy executive officer. She has
been the institute's acting associate director for administration
and operations since September 2006.
A strong advocate for enhancing the quality of work life for NIGMS
employees, Lee was a pioneer at NIH in launching telework and alternative
work schedule programs. She has also played instrumental roles
in workforce planning, promoting workplace diversity, and developing
staff in a teamwork environment.
Lee has served on several NIH committees, including the Administrative
Training Committee and its Mentoring Subcommittee, which she chaired.
She was a founding member of the NIH Management Analyst Working
Group. Lee currently serves as chair of the NIH Focus Group on
Lee earned a B.A. in history from the University of Maryland,
College Park. Her honors include the NIH Merit Award in 1994 and
supports basic biomedical research that is the foundation for advances
in disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.
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and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research,
and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both
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