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Self Selected New OEO Director

By Linda Morris

Lawrence N. Self was recently selected as the director of the NIH Office of Equal Opportunity. OEO is responsible for administering the agency's equal employment opportunity and special emphasis programs. A native of Falls City, Neb., Self has 19 years of civilian federal service, and most recently spent 2 years at the Department of Commerce as the deputy director and acting director of the Office of Civil Rights.

Lawrence N. Self

The remainder of Self's federal career was spent with the Army. He began as an EEO intern, a 3-year assignment, and eventually became the EEO officer at the Army's National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. Self then moved on to Fort Riley, Kan., to serve as the EEO officer for the 1st Infantry Division. In 1994, he became the EEO director for the Defense Logistics Agency in Los Angeles. Self has also spent 6 years on EEO assignments in Europe, most recently in Heidelberg, Germany.

When asked why he chose a career in EEO, Self said, "I entered the EEO field because the dynamics of human relations have always interested me." He went on to say, "When this position was advertised, I applied because the NIH is an organization on the cutting edge and enjoys a reputation throughout the federal EEO community as one that truly supports the program. With this support, my goal is to build this program into the model EEO program in the federal government. I want managers, employees, and anyone else who has an interest to view us as such."

Self and his wife of 25 years, Dianne, have a daughter, Amanda, who is beginning her 2nd year as a middle school teacher, and a son, Matthew, a high school senior, whom Self hopes is bound for Virginia Tech.

According to Self, his impression of the NIH thus far is, "an outstanding organization, exciting and truly working towards diversity and EEO in the work place — an employer of choice." Self and the OEO staff are located on the 3rd floor of Bldg. 2.


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