Pat White, the former director of legislative relations for the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, has been appointed associate director for legislative policy and analysis at the National Institutes of Health, said NIH Director Francis Collins in a statement Monday. His appointment was met with praise by many in the biomedical research community.
“Pat White is an old friend and colleague from here at FASEB, and I’m delighted that he’s accepted this position,” said Peter Farnham, director of public affairs for ASBMB. “He’s a great choice and is going to serve NIH very well.”
Howard Garrison, FASEB’s deputy director for policy and director of the office of public affairs said White’s “ deep appreciation of the issues and his excellent working relationships with congressional staff make him an ideal choice.” Citing White’s insight, experience and dedication to biomedical research, Garrison said he is confident that White will “provide the leadership the NIH needs.”
In joining the NIH, White will leave his current position as vice president for federal relations at the Association of American Universities. He previously served as director of public affairs for the American Association of Immunologists.