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Androphy selected for 2011 "Top 5" leadership class

By Eddy Ball
February 2011

Director of the NIEHS Office of Ethics Bruce Androphy, J.D.

Androphy, who joined NIEHS in December 2009, has been instrumental in reorganizing the NIEHS ethics program and expanding the scope of its services for NIEHS employees. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Director of the NIEHS Office of Ethics(http://www.niehs.nih.gov/about/od/ethics/index.cfm) Bruce Androphy, J.D., will be among a select group of leaders participating in the 2011 NIH Executive Leadership Program (ExLP)(http://trainingcenter.nih.gov/ExLP.html) Exit NIEHS. Beginning its second year of training, the ExLP is a competitive leadership program geared towards aspiring and existing "Top 5" leaders at NIH - those currently in top leadership roles or likely to assume one within the next five years.

Androphy will participate in orientation Feb. 15 on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md., and a series of retreats, training sessions, and special events throughout the spring, summer, and fall of this year, concluding with a session at the Brookings Institution Sept. 21-22.

Androphy is the second NIEHS leader to participate in the program. NIEHS Director of the Division of Extramural Research and Training Gwen Collman, Ph.D., was a member of the ExLP's first group, which graduated 22 leaders from NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) Sept. 22, 2010. Collman became one of the Top 5 with her appointment as permanent director of DERT in December 2010 (see story(http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2011/january/spotlight-collman.cfm)).

About ExLP

The ExLP is a rewarding leadership experience that integrates the hands-on involvement of senior NIH executives and the academic experience of NIH's educational partners, Brookings Executive Education and Washington University in St. Louis. Key features of the upcoming program include the following experiences:

  • Content theme training - "Leading at the Top," "Executive Communications," "Policy Making on the Hill" and "Leading in Networks"
  • Opportunities to participate and/or lead high-priority workgroups and committees
  • Peer advising and mentoring
  • Leadership coaching and 360 degree assessments - comprehensive self- and peer-reviews of leadership quality
  • Access to NIH executives in the form of panel discussions, themed lectures, and special events
Group shot of participants in the ExLP commencement

Collman, front row center in purple, joined colleagues for an ExLP commencement photo. The ceremony featured Top 5 leaders with Lawrence Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D., NIH principal deputy director, and Colleen Barros, NIH deputy director for management. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Director of the NIEHS Office of Ethics Bruce Androphy

Prior to joining NIEHS, Androphy served for nearly three years as the first executive director of the Tennessee Ethics Commission, established in 2006. In that role, he oversaw the Commission staff, was responsible for the commission's operations and mission, and advised the commission members. He dealt extensively with members of the Tennessee state legislature and legislative lobbyists.

Before assuming his position in Tennessee, Androphy was general counsel to the New York State Ethics Commission, where he worked for almost 17 years. As general counsel, he was involved in issues surrounding state-sponsored scientific research. He is a member of the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL), an international government ethics society that includes NIEHS as a member organization.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Androphy received his law degree from George Washington University National Law Center in Washington, D.C.

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