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Barros Named NIH Deputy Director

Colleen Barros has been named NIH deputy director for management, effective May 30. She will also be chief financial officer for NIH.

She had been serving as acting deputy director for management since early February, when Charles "Chick" Leasure, Jr., retired from the post. Before that time, Barros had been associate director for administration at the National Institute on Aging since 1995.

Colleen Barros
She began her NIH career in 1979 and served in various administrative positions in the Office of the Director. During her tenure at NIA, Barros contributed to a number of major NIH-wide initiatives, including serving as project manager for the NIH Business and Research Support System.

"I am delighted to have Colleen as part of the NIH senior leadership team," said NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni, who made the appointment." She is one of the longest-serving and most respected administrators at NIH."

Barros holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Maryland and a master's degree from American University in management of scientific and technical information systems. Among her honors are the Presidential Rank Award in 2003, the PHS Superior Service Award in 1995 and four NIH Director's Awards.
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