Crawford Is Named Deputy Commissioner of the FDA

Crawford Is Named Deputy Commissioner of the FDA – Lester M. Crawford, Jr

Matthew Neff

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy G. Thompson has announced that Lester M. Crawford, Jr., D.V.M., Ph.D., will serve as deputy commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Crawford will be the senior official at the FDA until a permanent commissioner of food and drugs is named. Crawford takes over from Bernard A. Schwetz, D.V.M., Ph.D., a career FDA executive who has served as acting principal deputy commissioner since January 21, 2001. “Lester Crawford has devoted his career to promoting safer products for the public, and he brings to the FDA valuable experience and leadership skills,” Secretary Thompson said. Crawford most recently served as head of the Center for Food and Nutrition Policy at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg. He also served as administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service from 1987 to 1991, and as director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine from 1978 to 1980, and again from 1982 to 1985. He received a doctorate of veterinary medicine form Auburn University, Auburn, Ala., and a Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Georgia, Athens. Dr. Schwetz will continue to work on public health and FDA issues within the agency.

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