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HENNEY APPOINTED AS NEW DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR OPERATIONS

     HENNEY APPOINTED AS NEW DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR OPERATIONS
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- FDA Commissioner David A. Kessler, M.D., today announced that HHS Secretary Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., has approved the commissioner's nomination of Jane E. Henney, M.D., to serve as FDA's new deputy commissioner for operations.  The newly established position will give Dr. Henney primary responsibility for managing the agency's day-to-day activities.
    "Jane Henney will be a tremendous asset to the agency," Commissioner Kessler said in his announcement.  "Her impressive background in management and medical research, both in government and academia, make her uniquely suited to helping manage the FDA in this time of great change."
    As the deputy commissioner for operations, Henney will have line authority over all of FDA's major operational units, including all of its centers and key offices.  She will supervise the daily activities carried out by the agency in the fulfillment of its mission, which is to safeguard the nation's food supply, drugs and cosmetics.  In addition, she will advise the commissioner on all issues affecting FDA's performance and will work to ensure that the agency's policies are implemented to the fullest possible extent.
    Henney is currently the vice chancellor for health programs and policy at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.  She has served in a number of other senior management positions at various academic and research institutions, including a five-year tenure as the deputy director of the National Cancer Institute from 1980 to 1985.  During her prior government service, Henney was an officer in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.
    "This appointment brings credit to the University of Kansas and its medical center.  Few areas in the federal government offer a more immediate and far-reaching challenge, and we know that Dr. Henney will provide strong and thoughtful leadership," said Gene A. Budig, chancellor of the University of Kansas.
    Henney received her undergraduate degree from Manchester College in North Manchester, Ind., and her medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine.
    Today's announcement is the latest in a series of appointments for new senior management positions that were established as part of an FDA reorganization plan announced by Secretary Sullivan last June. Under the plan, four new deputy commissioners and one senior advisor to the commissioner will manage the major functions of the agency.
    To date, two of these positions have been filled.  Michael R. Taylor is deputy commissioner for policy, and Carol R. Scheman is deputy commissioner for external affairs.  Appointments for the remaining two senior management positions created under the reorganization plan are expected to be announced in the near future.
    The Office of Personnel Management, which must also approve these appointments, has also reported favorably on Henney's nomination. She is expected to assume her duties at the agency the beginning of January.
    FDA is one of eight public health service agencies within HHS.
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