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Austin is new NIEHS associate director for management

By Eddy Ball
July 2011

Joellen Harper Austin

Like many former Washington, D.C., and Bethesda, Md., federal employees, Austin is attracted by the quality of life in the Triangle and the unique mission of NIEHS. "I'm looking forward to joining NIEHS and doing my part to support our environmental health science mission," she said, "and I know I'll love working on such a beautiful campus every day." (Photo courtesy of Joellen Harper Austin)

NIEHS welcomed Joellen Harper Austin as its new associate director for management and executive officer June 20 at its Research Triangle Park, N.C. headquarters. She will serve as the principal advisor to NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., on all management issues affecting the Institute, ranging from acquisitions, administrative services, and information services to financial management, facilities management, and the Institute's proactive environmental sustainability initiative.

In a message to employees, Birnbaum said, "I am pleased to announce that Ms. Joellen Austin will join the NIEHS family.... I also want to take this opportunity to thank [acting Deputy Associate Director for Management] Chris Long, who has enthusiastically and selflessly filled this very demanding role for the past 10 months [in an acting capacity]."

Austin comes to NIEHS from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), where she had been associate director for management and executive officer since February 2007. After joining NINDS in 2000 as chief grants management officer, she served as deputy executive officer and acting executive officer there. Since joining NIH as a Presidential Management Fellow(http://www.pmf.gov/) Exit NIEHS in 1989, Austin also served as chief grants management officer for the National Center for Research Resources and assistant grants policy officer in the NIH Office of Extramural Research.

Over the course of her career at NIH, Austin has been recognized as an outstanding administrator, manager, and supervisor. She has served on a number of high-profile NIH committees and is the current chair of the NIH administrative training committee, which oversees the NIH career development programs.

Austin received a Master of Science in management degree through the Sloan Master's Program(http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/sloan/) Exit NIEHS at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2003. In addition, she holds a Master of Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Arts in economics and government from Skidmore College.

Austin is a 2006 graduate of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Senior Executive Service (SES) Candidate Development Program(https://learning.hhs.gov/development/sescdp.asp) Exit NIEHS, an intensive 18-month program of developmental experiences and formal training leading to SES certification by the U.S Office of Personnel Management. Austin was appointed to the SES in February 2007.



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