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Hellinger Named NIA Associate Director
Lynn C. Hellinger knows how to deal with change, which will come in handy in her new role as associate director for management at the National Institute on Aging.
"We had to reorganize our work and make it much more efficient as we were exploding in our growth," said Hellinger, noting that NIAID's budget nearly doubled with the $1.7 billion increase the institute received after 9/11. "I feel I have put things in place (at NIAID) but I am one of those people who believe that you never really cross the finish line. There is always a way to make things better," she said.
At NIA, Hellinger will continue a career of leadership in human resources, organizational efficiency and public management. She said she will take cues from the scientists, asking how the administration can best support their work and the overall scientific mission of the institute.
NIA director Dr. Richard Hodes welcomed her to the institute. "NIA has been fortunate to have exceptional leadership in its administrative functions over the past years, and the institute looks forward to continuing this tradition with the addition of Lynn Hellinger. She comes to NIA with an outstanding background of service at NIAID and as a widely respected member of NIH's leadership community."A unique feature of Hellinger's career is her activity and leadership in professional societies and in building future public managers. She has focused on mentoring young professionals in public administration and management so they are prepared to "hit the deck running." A 20-year NIH veteran, she serves as the federal representative to the International Public Management Association's executive council and has served as president of the Montgomery County chapter and eastern region of the association.
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