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EAO Group Elects New Co-Chairs

The NIH extramural administrative officers (EAO) group met recently to elect two new cochairs for 2003. They are NaDel Griffith, CSR, and Charlotte Wiltshire, NHLBI. The cochairs will serve a 1-year appointment to lead the group in its monthly meetings. Matthew Burr, NEI, will serve as treasurer for the group this year. Outgoing cochairs are Ginger Betson, NIDCR, and Lauren Sikes, FIC.

"I've had the opportunity to work with so many wonderful people during my co-chairmanship of the group," said Betson. "This group has served as a wonderful network of information and knowledge. The ability to exchange ideas, processes and information among so many talented individuals has afforded us all the opportunity to grow and share the experiences with our own ICs."

Members of the extramural administrative officers group include (from l) Lauren Sikes, Ginger Betson, Matthew Burr, Charlotte Wiltshire and NaDel Griffith.

The group serves as a resource for communicating the latest administrative issues and developments at NIH. To accomplish this goal, the group meets monthly and holds additional "super sessions" and an annual retreat. Information from the NIH executive officer meetings, as well as other projects that are in development, are major sources of information and agenda topics at each meeting. Additionally, subcommittees on topics such as property, travel, events, technology and procurement provide reports to keep members abreast of developing issues and concerns.

Outgoing cochair Sikes remarked, "What stands out the most for me is the vast array of experience and remarkable willingness of the EAO's to share their experience and provide information. It was truly an exceptional networking experience with a great group of highly professional, imaginative, dynamic individuals."

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