May 25, 2017

Appointment of Dr. Alfred Johnson as NIH Deputy Director for Management

I am pleased to announce the selection of Alfred C. Johnson, Ph.D., as NIH Deputy Director for Management, effective May 28, 2017.  Dr. Johnson has been serving as the NIH Acting Deputy Director for Management since May 2016, and brings an incredible depth of NIH experience to this role.

Before joining the NIH Office of the Director leadership team, Dr. Johnson was the Director of the NIH Office of Research Services (ORS), a position he held since 2006.  In this capacity, he planned and directed service programs for public safety, security operations, scientific and regulatory support, and a wide variety of other programs and employee services that enrich the NIH community.  Before joining ORS, Dr. Johnson held several leadership positions at NIH including Assistant Director in the Office of Intramural Research, Acting Director of the Office of Loan Repayment and Scholarship, and Principal Investigator (1996-2007) in the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute. He joined NIH in 1985 as an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow.

Dr. Johnson received a bachelor of arts in chemistry at Albany State University in 1979. He completed his Ph.D. in biomedical sciences at the University of Tennessee in 1985, and conducted his doctoral research at the biology division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. 

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Johnson on his selection and continued service as an integral part of the NIH leadership team. 

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